Selected papers

Synthesis and Cytostatic and Antiviral Profiling of Thieno-Fused 7-Deazapurine Ribonucleosides
Synthesis and Cytostatic and Antiviral Profiling of Thieno-Fused 7-Deazapurine Ribonucleosides
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 60 (6): 2411-2424 (2017)
Two isomeric series of new thieno-fused 7-deazapurine ribonucleosides (derived from 4-substituted thieno[2′,3′:4,5]pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidines and thieno[3′,2′:4,5]pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidines) were synthesized by a sequence involving Negishi coupling of 4,6-dichloropyrimidine with iodothiophenes, nucleophilic azidation, and cyclization of tetrazolopyrimidines, followed by glycosylation and cross-couplings or nucleophilic substitutions at position 4. Most nucleosides (from both isomeric series) exerted low micromolar or submicromolar in vitro cytostatic activities against a broad panel of cancer and leukemia cell lines and some antiviral activity against HCV. The most active were the 6-methoxy, 6-methylsulfanyl, and 6-methyl derivatives, which were highly active to cancer cells and less toxic or nontoxic to fibroblasts.

Latest publications

Synthesis and Biological Profiling of Benzofuro-Fused 7-Deazapurine Nucleosides
European Journal of Organic Chemistry 26 (44): e202300723 (2023)
Synthesis of Polycyclic Hetero-Fused 7-Deazapurine Heterocycles and Nucleosides through C–H Dibenzothiophenation and Negishi Coupling
Journal of the American Chemical Society 144 (42): 19437–19446 (2022)
Polymerase Synthesis of DNA Containing Iodinated Pyrimidine or 7-Deazapurine Nucleobases and Their Post-synthetic Modifications through the Suzuki-Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reactions
ChemBioChem 23 (3): e202100608 (2022)