Trevor C Johnson

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NF-kappaB inducing kinase (NIK) is required for osteoclastogenesis in response to pathologic stimuli, and its loss leads to functional blockade of both alternative and classical NF-kappaB caused by cytoplasmic retention by p100. We now show that deletion of p100 restores the capacity of NIK-deficient osteoclast (OC) precursors to differentiate and(More)
Celastroid natural products, triterpenes, have been and continue to be investigated in clinical trials. Celastrol, and for that matter any member of the celastroid family, was prepared for the first time through chemical synthesis starting from 2,3-dimethylbutadiene. A triene cyclization precursor generated in 12 steps underwent a nonbiomimetic polyene(More)
The oxidation of arenes by the reagent phthaloyl peroxide provides a new method for the synthesis of phenols. A new, more reactive arene oxidizing reagent, 4,5-dichlorophthaloyl peroxide, computationally predicted and experimentally determined to possess enhanced reactivity, has expanded the scope of the reaction while maintaining a high level of tolerance(More)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder. Some anecdotal reports suggest that ASD is related to exposure to ethyl mercury, in the form of the vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and/or receiving the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. Using infant rhesus macaques receiving thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs) following the(More)
Following the discovery that the guaianolide natural product eupalinilide E promotes the expansion of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells; the development of a synthetic route to provide laboratory access to the natural product became a priority. Exploration of multiple synthetic routes yielded an approach that has permitted a scalable synthesis of the(More)
Improving the ex vivo and in vivo production of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has the potential to address the short supply of these cells that are used in the treatment of various blood diseases and disorders. Eupalinilide E promotes the expansion of human HSPCs and inhibits subsequent differentiation, leading to increased numbers of(More)
The first biological target for the natural product complanadine A has been determined. The pseudosymmetric alkaloid functions as a selective agonist for the Mas-related G protein-coupled receptor X2 (MrgprX2), a G protein-coupled receptor that is highly expressed in neurons. Given the potential of MrgprX2 to function as a modulator of pain, complanadine A(More)
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