Steven P Govek

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The first total synthesis of the structurally novel cyclotryptophan alkaloid asperazine is reported. The central step in the synthetic sequence is a diastereoselective intramolecular Heck reaction in which the substituent controlling stereoselection is external to the ring being formed. This synthesis confirmed the structure of (+)-asperazine (1) proposed(More)
Approximately 80% of breast cancers are estrogen receptor alpha (ER-α) positive, and although women typically initially respond well to antihormonal therapies such as tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors, resistance often emerges. Although a variety of resistance mechanism may be at play in this state, there is evidence that in many cases the ER still plays a(More)
PDE4 inhibitors have the potential to alleviate the symptoms and underlying inflammation associated with dry eye. Disclosed herein is the development of a novel series of water-soluble PDE4 inhibitors. Our studies led to the discovery of coumarin 18, which is effective in a rabbit model of dry eye and a tear secretion test in rats.
ER-targeted therapeutics provide valuable treatment options for patients with ER+ breast cancer, however, current relapse and mortality rates emphasize the need for improved therapeutic strategies. The recent discovery of prevalent ESR1 mutations in relapsed tumors underscores a sustained reliance of advanced tumors on ERα signaling, and provides a strong(More)
Metabotropic glutamate receptor 2 (mGluR2) has been implicated in a variety of CNS disorders, including schizophrenia. Disclosed herein is the development of a new series of allosteric potentiators of mGluR2. Structure-activity relationship studies in conjunction with pharmacokinetic data led to the discovery of indole 5, which is active in an animal model(More)
Selective estrogen receptor degraders (SERDs) have shown promise for the treatment of ER+ breast cancer. Disclosed herein is the continued optimization of our indazole series of SERDs. Exploration of ER degradation and antagonism in vitro followed by in vivo antagonism and oral exposure culminated in the discovery of indazoles 47 and 56, which induce tumor(More)
Modulation of the metabotropic glutamate subtype 5 (mGlu5) receptor may be useful in the treatment of a variety of central nervous system disorders. Herein, we report on the discovery, synthesis, and biological evaluation of dipyridyl amines as small molecule mGlu5 antagonists.
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