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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)
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.
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)