Steffen Dörrich

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Twofold sila-substitution (C/Si exchange) of the clinically used RXR-selective retinoid agonist bexarotene leads to disila-bexarotene, which displays pharmacological potency similar to that of the parent carbon compound, as shown in a HeLa-cell-based RXR assay. Formal exchange of the SiCH₂CH₂ Si group in disila-bexarotene with a SiCH₂Si or SiOSi moiety(More)
The 1'-organyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydrospiro[naphthalene-1,4'-piperidine] derivatives 1 a-4 a [for which organyl=benzyl (1 a), 4-methoxybenzyl (2 a), 2-phenylethyl (3 a), or 3-methylbut-2-enyl (4 a)] are high-affinity, selective σ₁ ligands. The corresponding sila-analogues 1 b-4 b (replacement of the carbon spirocenter with a silicon atom) were synthesized in(More)
Silicon chemistry offers the potential to tune the effects of biologically active organic molecules. Subtle changes in the molecular backbone caused by the exchange of a carbon atom for a silicon atom (sila-substitution) can significantly alter the biological properties. In this study, the biological effects of a two-fold sila-substitution in the synthetic(More)
We performed an analysis of possible mechanisms of ligand recognition in the human nose. The analysis is based on in vivo odor threshold determination and in vitro Ca2+ imaging assays with a C/Si/Ge/Sn switch strategy applied to the compounds Lilial and Bourgeonal, to differentiate between different molecular mechanisms of odorant detection. Our results(More)
A series of silicon-containing derivatives of the polycyclic musk odorant galaxolide (4 a) was synthesized, that is, disila-galaxolide ((4RS,7SR)-4 b/(4RS,7RS)-4 b), its methylene derivative rac-9, and its nor analogue rac-10. The tricyclic title compounds with their 7,8-dihydro-6,8-disila-6 H-cyclopenta[g]isochromane skeleton were prepared in multistep(More)
5-Methyl-4-methylidene-6-(trimethylsilyl)hexanal (1b), a sila analog of the acyclic lily-of-the-valley odorant 5,7,7-trimethyl-4-methylideneoctanal (1a), and the Si-containing derivatives 2-6 were prepared in multistep syntheses, starting from Cl3 SiH and Cl2 SiMe2 , respectively. Compounds 1b, 2-6, and their new precursors were characterized by elemental(More)
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