Steven G Sethofer

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Cyclic peptide natural products have evolved to exploit diverse protein targets, many of which control essential cellular processes. Inspired by a series of cyclic peptides with partially elucidated structures, we designed synthetic variants of ternatin, a cytotoxic and anti-adipogenic natural product whose molecular mode of action was unknown. The new(More)
A series of novel 3,4-dihydro-2H-benzo[1,4]oxazine derivatives has been designed and synthesized as 5-HT(6) receptor antagonists. Many of the compounds displayed subnanomolar affinities for the 5-HT(6) receptor and good brain penetration in rats. The relationship of structure and lipophilicity to hERG inhibition of this series of compounds is discussed.
A series of enantioselective polycyclization reactions, catalyzed by a cationic bisphosphine gold complexes, are described. The polycyclization reactions, which employ an alkyne as an initiating group, begin with a gold-promoted 6-exo-dig cyclization and can be terminated with a variety of nucleophiles including carboxylic acids, phenols, sulfonamides, and(More)
The gold(I)-catalyzed cycloisomerization of enynes containing an embedded cyclopropane unit leads selectively to the formation of ring systems containing the cyclopropylmethyl cation. A subsequent Wagner-Merwein shift provides diastereomerically pure fused cyclobutanes. The utility of this methodology for the rapid assembly of polycyclic ring systems is(More)
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