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  • 1.
    Ahlsten, Nanna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Transition metal-catalysed isomerisation of allylic alcohols: Applications to C−C, C−F and C−Cl bond formation2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The focus of this thesis has been to develop selective and atom-economical methods for carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond formation, and to some extent improve on existing findings in this area. More specifically, methods for the catalytic generation of enolates from allylic alcohols and their in situ functionalisation with electrophilic reagents are described.  

    In the first part of this thesis, a method for the Rh-catalysed redox-isomerisation of allylic alcohols into carbonyl compounds under environmentally benign conditions is described. The reaction takes place at room temperature, in the absence of acids or bases, using water as the only solvent, and it is applicable to both primary and secondary allylic alcohols.

    The second part describes the combination of an isomerisation reaction of allylic alcohols with a C−C bond formation, catalysed by a rhodium complex. In this way, allylic alcohols were coupled with aldehydes and N-tosylimines to give aldol and Mannich-type products. In addition to allylic alcohols, homoallylic and bishomoallylic alcohols could be used as enolate precursors, and this is the first report where the latter two substrate types have been used in such a reaction.       

    In the remaining parts of the thesis, an iridium-catalysed isomerisation of allylic alcohols has been combined with an electrophilic halogenation step to provide a conceptually new method for the synthesis of α-halogenated carbonyl compounds. In this way, α-fluoro and α-chloroketones have been synthesised as single constitutional isomers, with the regiochemistry of the final products determined by the position of the double bond in the allylic alcohols. The reactions are tolerant to air, run in water-organic solvent mixtures, and proceed at room temperature.

  • 2. Ahmad, Anees
    et al.
    Scarassati, Paulo
    Jalalian, Nazli
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Silva, Luiz F., Jr.
    Oxidative rearrangement of alkenes using in situ generated hypervalent iodine(III)2013In: Tetrahedron Letters, ISSN 0040-4039, E-ISSN 1359-8562, Vol. 54, no 43, p. 5818-5820Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A novel protocol for the oxidative rearrangement of alkenes using in situ generated hypervalent iodine(III) was developed. This approach uses inexpensive, readily available, and stable chemicals (PhI, mCPBA, and TsOH) giving rearrangement products in yields comparable to those obtained using the more expensive commercially available [hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]benzene [HTIB or Koser's reagent]. Additionally, an alternative protocol for the synthesis of 1-methyl-2-tetralone through the one-step epoxidation/rearrangement of 4-methyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene using mCPBA and TsOH was developed.

  • 3.
    Alam, Rauful
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mihai, Raducan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK), Inorganic and Structural Chemistry.
    Szabo, Kalman J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Selective Formation of Adjacent Stereocenters by Allylboration of Ketones under Mild Neutral Conditions2013In: Organic Letters, ISSN 1523-7060, E-ISSN 1523-7052, Vol. 15, no 10, p. 2546-2549Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Allylboronic acids readily react with a broad variety of ketones, affording homoallylic alcohols with adjacent quaternary and tertiary stereocenters. The reaction proceeds with very high anti stereoselectivity even if the substituents of the keto group have a similar size. a-Keto acids react with syn stereoselectivity probably due to the formation of acyl boronate intermediates. The allylation reactions proceed without added acids/bases under mild conditions. Because of this, many functionalities are tolerated even with in situ generated allylboronic acids.

  • 4.
    Alam, Rauful
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Raducan, Mihai
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Lars
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Diastereoselective allylboration of wide variety of carbonyl compounds using allylboronic acids: Construction of adjacent tertiary and quaternary centers2013In: Abstracts of papers of The American Chemical Society, American Chemical Society (ACS), 2013, Vol. 246, p. 364-ORGN-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 5.
    Alamsetti, Santosh Kumar
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Persson, Andreas K. A.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Jiang, Tuo
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Scalable Synthesis of Oxazolones from Propargylic Alcohols through Multistep Palladium(II) Catalysis: beta-Selective Oxidative Heck Coupling of Cyclic Sulfonyl Enamides and Aryl Boroxines2013In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 52, no 51, p. 13745-13750Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6. Barlind, Jonas G.
    et al.
    Buckett, Linda K.
    Crosby, Sharon G.
    Davidsson, Ojvind
    Emtenas, Hans
    Ertan, Anne
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Jurva, Ulrik
    Lemurell, Malin
    Gutierrez, Pablo Morentin
    Nilsson, Karolina
    O'Mahony, Gavin
    Petersson, Annika U.
    Redzic, Alma
    Wagberg, Fredrik
    Yuan, Zhong-Qing
    Identification and design of a novel series of MGAT2 inhibitors2013In: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, ISSN 0960-894X, E-ISSN 1090-2120, Vol. 23, no 9, p. 2721-2726Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    [Acyl CoA]monoacylglycerol acyltransferase 2 (MGAT2) is of interest as a target for therapeutic treatment of diabetes, obesity and other diseases which together constitute the metabolic syndrome. In this Letter we report our discovery and optimisation of a novel series of MGAT2 inhibitors. The development of the SAR of the series and a detailed discussion around some key parameters monitored and addressed during the lead generation phase will be given. The in vivo results from an oral lipid tolerance test (OLTT) using the MGAT2 inhibitor (S)-10, shows a significant reduction (68% inhibition relative to naive, p < 0.01) in plasma triacylglycerol (TAG) concentration.

  • 7.
    Bartholomeyzik, Teresa
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Oxidative Carbocyclization/Functionalization of Allenynes2013Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Palladium catalysis has emerged as an outstanding tool in synthetic organic chemistry for the mild and selective formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds. This thesis has been directed towards the extension of palladium(II)-catalyzed carbocyclization chemistry under oxidative conditions. An oxidative carbocyclization/functionalization methodology utilizing boron-containing transmetalation reagents was exploited to convert 1,5-allenynes into either arylated or borylated carbocycles. Two protocols were developed that use minimal amounts of Pd(OAc)2, stoichiometric para-benzoquinone as the oxidant and either bis(pinacolato)diboron or different arylboronic acids under mild conditions. A wide substrate scope is applicable to both methods. When the allenyne substrate bears a propargylic hydrogen, two isomeric functionalized carbocycles can be formed. By controlling the reaction conditions the reaction can be directed towards either of these two isomeric products. Kinetic isotope effect studies suggest that the mechanism leading to the different products proceeds through allylic or propargylic C-H bond cleavage, respectively. Moreover, it was observed that water has an interesting effect on the product selectivity when arylboronic acids are used in the oxidative carbocyclization of allenynes.

  • 8. Battistel, Marcos D.
    et al.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Freedberg, Daron I.
    Direct Evidence for Hydrogen Bonding in Glycans: A Combined NMR and Molecular Dynamics Study2013In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 117, no 17, p. 4860-4869Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We introduce the abundant hydroxyl groups of glycans as NMR handle's and structural probes to expand the repertoire of tools for structure function studies on glycans in solution. To this end, we present the facile detection and assignment of hydroxyl groups in a Wide range of sample concentrations (0.5-1700 mM) and temperatures, ranging from -5 to 25 degrees C.,We then exploit this information to directly detect hydrogen bonds, well-known for their importance in molecular structural determination through NMR. Via HSQC-TOCSY, we were able to determine the directionality; of these hydrogen bonds in sucrose Furthermore, by means Of molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with NMR, we establish that one Out of the three detected hydrogen bonds arises from intermolecular interactions. This finding may shed light on glycan glycan interactions and glycan recognition by proteins.

  • 9. Cadu, Alban
    et al.
    Upadhyay, Puspesh K.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Andersson, Pher G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
    Iridium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Substituted Pyridines2013In: Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 2193-5807, Vol. 2, no 12, p. 1061-1065Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Asymmetric hydrogenation of ortho-substituted pyridines catalyzed by N,P-ligated iridium is demonstrated. To facilitate this reaction, the aromaticity of the pyridines was weakened by forming N-iminopyridium ylides. The reactions give very high conversions, and after a single recrystallization, excellent ee of up to 98% was obtained. This method lends itself to the synthesis of chiral piperidine building blocks.

  • 10. Cervin, Nicholas T.
    et al.
    Andersson, Linnea
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Ng, Jovice Boon Sing
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Olin, Pontus
    Bergström, Lennart
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Wågberg, Lars
    Lightweight and Strong Cellulose Materials Made from Aqueous Foams Stabilized by Nanofibrillated Cellulose2013In: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 503-511Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A lightweight and strong porous cellulose material has been prepared by drying aqueous foams stabilized with surface-modified nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). This material differs from other dry, particle stabilized foams in that renewable cellulose is used as stabilizing particles. Confocal microscopy and high speed video imaging show that the octylamine-coated, rod-shaped NFC nanoparticles residing at the air-liquid interface prevent the air bubbles from collapsing or coalescing. Stable wet foams can be achieved at solids content around 1% by weight. Careful removal of the water results in a cellulose-based material with a porosity of 98% and a density of 30 mg cm(-3). These porous cellulose materials have a higher Young's modulus than porous cellulose materials made from freeze-drying, at comparable densities, and have a compressive energy absorption of 56 kJ m(-3) at 80% strain. Measurement with the aid of an autoporosimeter revealed that most pores are in the range of 300 to 500 mu m.

  • 11. Chassagne, Pierre
    et al.
    Fontana, Carolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Guerreiro, Catherine
    Gauthier, Charles
    Phalipon, Armelle
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Mulard, Laurence A.
    Structural Studies of the O-Acetyl-Containing O-Antigen from a Shigella flexneri Serotype 6 Strain and Synthesis of Oligosaccharide Fragments Thereof2013In: European Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 1434-193X, E-ISSN 1099-0690, no 19, p. 4085-4106Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Extensive analysis by NMR spectroscopy of the delipidated lipopolysaccharide of Shigella flexneri serotype 6 strain MDC 2924-71 confirmed the most recently reported structure of the O-antigen repeating unit as {4)--D-GalpA-(13)--D-GalpNAc-(12)--L-Rhap3Ac/4Ac-(12)--L-Rhap-(1}, and revealed the non-stoichiometric acetylation at O-3C/4C. Input from the CASPER program helped to ascertain the fine distribution of the three possible patterns of O-acetylation. The non-O-acetylated repeating unit (ABCD) corresponded to about 2/3 of the population, while 1/4 was acetylated at O-3C (3AcCDAB), and 1/10 at O-4C (4AcCDAB). Di- to tetrasaccharides with a GalpA residue (A) at their reducing end were synthesized as their propyl glycosides following a multistep linear strategy relying on late-stage acetylation at O-3C. Thus, the 3C-O-acetylated and non-O-acetylated targets were synthesized from common protected intermediates. Rhamnosylation was most efficiently achieved by using imidate donors, including at O-4 of a benzyl galacturonate acceptor. In contrast, a thiophenyl 2-deoxy-2-trichloroacetamido-D-galactopyranoside precursor was preferred for chain elongation involving residue B. Final Pd/C-mediated deprotection ensured O-acetyl stability. All of the target molecules represent parts of the O-antigen of S. flexneri 6, a prevalent serotype. Non-O-acetylated oligosaccharides are also fragments of the Escherichia coli O147 O-antigen.

  • 12. Cosner, Casey C.
    et al.
    Iska, Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy
    Chatterjee, Anamitra
    Markiewicz, John T.
    Corden, Steven J.
    Löfstedt, Joakim
    Ankner, Tobias
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Richer, Joshua
    Hulett, Tyler
    Schauer, Douglas J.
    Wiest, Olaf
    Helquist, Paul
    Evolution of Concise and Flexible Synthetic Strategies for Trichostatic Acid and the Potent Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor Trichostatin A2013In: European Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 1434-193X, E-ISSN 1099-0690, no 1, p. 162-172Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    (R)-(+)-Trichostatic acid and (R)-(+)-trichostatin A (TSA) are natural products that have attracted considerable attention in the field of epigenetic therapies. TSA in particular is a naturally occurring hydroxamic acid having potent activity as a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) and having significant potential for treatment of a myriad of genetically based diseases. Development of TSA and other trichostatic acid derivatives into useful small-molecule therapies has been hindered by the low natural abundance and high cost associated with these compounds. We report herein our collective efforts towards the development of concise and scalable routes for the synthesis of trichostatic acid and TSA in both racemic and enantioenriched forms. Three independent synthetic pathways were developed with varying degrees of efficiency and convergency. In the first synthesis, the key step was a vinylogous Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons condensation. A Marshall propargylation reaction was used as the key step in the second synthesis, and Pd-catalyzed a-alkenylation of a ketone zinc enolate by using various functionalized alkenyl or dienyl halides was developed for the third synthesis. The second pathway proved to be readily amenable to an enantioselective modification, and both the second and third pathways were straightforwardly adapted for the facile preparation of new analogues of trichostatic acid and TSA.

  • 13.
    Deiana, Luca
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Development of Catalytic Enantioselective Approaches for the Synthesis of Carbocycles and Heterocycles2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In biological systems, most of the active organic molecules are chiral. Some of the main constituents of living organisms are amino acids and sugars. They exist predominantly in only one enantiomerically pure form. For example, our proteins are built-up by L-amino acids and as a consequence they are enatiomerically pure and will interact in different ways with enantiomers of chiral molecules. Indeed, different enantiomers or diastereomers of a molecule could often have a drastically different biological activity. It is of paramount importance in organic synthesis to develop new routes to control and direct the stereochemical outcome of reactions. The aim of this thesis is to investigate new protocols for the synthesis of complex chiral molecules using simple, environmentally friendly proline-based organocatalysts. We have investigated, the aziridination of linear and branched enals, the stereoselective synthesis of β-amino acids with a carbene co-catalyst, the synthesis of pyrazolidines, the combination of heterogeneous transition metal catalysis and amine catalysis to deliver cyclopentenes bearing an all-carbon quaternary stereocenter and a new heterogeneous dual catalyst system for the carbocyclization of enals. The reactions presented in this thesis afforded the corresponding products with high levels of chemo-, diastero- and enantioselectivity.

  • 14.
    Deng, Youqian
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidative Acyloxylation/Carbocyclization of Allenynes2013In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 52, no 11, p. 3217-3221Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Engström, Karin
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Johnston, Eric V.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Verho, Oscar
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Gustafson, Karl P. J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Shakeri, Mozaffar
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Tai, Cheuk-Wai
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Co-immobilization of an Enzyme and a Metal into the Compartments of Mesoporous Silica for Cooperative Tandem Catalysis: An Artificial Metalloenzyme2013In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 52, no 52, p. 14006-14010Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Surpassing nature: A hybrid catalyst in which Candida antarctica lipase B and a nanopalladium species are co-immobilized into the compartments of mesoporous silica is presented. The metal nanoparticles and the enzyme are in close proximity to one another in the cavities of the support. The catalyst mimics a metalloenzyme and was used for dynamic kinetic resolution of a primary amine in high yield and excellent enantioselectivity.

  • 16.
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Carbohydrate dynamics and interactions studied by NMR spectroscopy2013Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The combination of NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are powerful tools in the studying of bioorganic molecules in solution. In this thesis two such studies are presented with focus on the NMR aspect. The caffeine association to sugars (D-glucose and sucrose) was investigated by NMR titrations and NOESY experiments in paper I. The observations from the NMR experiments confirmed MD simulations showing that the binding occurs by a face-to-face interaction between the aromatic surface of the caffeine and axial protons of the sugar ring. Different sugar molecules and residues have different preferences regarding which side of the sugar ring that are involved in the binding. The sucrose residues bind with only one ring face each whereas β-D-glucopyranose has two sides of similar binding probability and the α-D-glucopyranose has something in between. The MD simulations showed that the driving force of the binding is partly driven by hydration effects that favor the enthalpy of the system. A new approach to calculate NMR relaxation parameters (that is dependent on molecular motions) from computational simulations is presented in paper II. Each sugar residue is assumed to be a rigid unit connected by flexible joints in the approach, thus the name diffusive chain model (DCM). The simplified model together with a stochastic simulation approach lowers the computational cost which makes it possible to acquire long enough trajectories to the calculations of spin relaxation parameters. Two case studies with slightly different methodologies are presented. In one of them, spin relaxation parameters are reproduced for the human milk oligosaccharide LNF-1 in a feasible way by the use of Brownian dynamics.

  • 17.
    Eriksson, Kristofer
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Gothelid, Emmanuelle
    Puglia, Carla
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Oscarsson, Sven
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Performance of a biomimetic oxidation catalyst immobilized on silica particles2013In: Journal of Catalysis, ISSN 0021-9517, E-ISSN 1090-2694, Vol. 303, p. 16-21Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A biomimetic oxidation catalyst, cobalt porphyrin with thiol linkers, was chemically conjugated to silica particles and utilized in the oxidation of hydroquinone to benzoquinone. The cobalt porphyrin/silica particle catalyst was characterized with Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). The catalytic performance of the cobalt porphyrin molecules was compared to previous results for the same catalyst grafted to a gold surface and on silicon wafers. The measured catalytic activity, after background correction, was 100 times higher than that of its homogeneous counterpart, 10 times higher than that on a silicon wafer, and almost the same as that on a gold surface. The turnover frequency rates after 400 h are still comparable with initial rates reported for homogeneous porphyrins and salophens, whereas the use of particles as support increases the active surface area, which removes the limitations for scale-up associated with the previously used silicon wafers and gold surfaces.

  • 18.
    Fontana, Carolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    NMR spectroscopy in structural and conformational analysis of bacterial polysaccharides2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Carbohydrates constitute one of the three major classes of biomolecules found in all living cells and, unlike nucleic acids and proteins, their polymeric structures are not based on a template. The structural diversity of these molecules confers them an enormous capacity to encode information in biological systems, acting as efficient mediators in the interaction of the cell with the environment. In order to understand the roles of glycans in biological processes it is of key importance to have a detailed understanding of their structures and conformational preferences, and NMR spectroscopy is one of most powerful techniques for the study of these molecules in solution.

    This thesis is focused on the structural and conformational analysis of lipopolysaccharides from Gram-negative bacteria. In the first two projects (Chapter 2 and 3) the structural analyses of the biological repeating units of the O-antigen polysaccharides from E. coli O174ab and O115 are described; in both cases a combination of NMR spectroscopy and gas chromatography techniques were used. Special emphasis was made in the characterization of the O-acetylation patterns observed in the native O-antigen polysaccharide from E. coli O115. Chapter 4 describes the development of a new methodology for the determination of the absolute configuration of monosaccharide components of glycans. This methodology was used in the structural elucidation of the O-antigen PS of E. coli O155 (Chapter 5) that was carried out in a semi-automated manner using the program CASPER and unassigned NMR data. The conformational preferences of O-antigen PS of E. coli O5ac and O5ab are analyzed in Chapter 6, using a combination of NMR spectroscopy and molecular modeling methods. In Chapter 7 the structural analysis is focused on the core region of the LPS, and the structures of the deacylated lipooligosaccharides of three rough mutants of B. melitesis are reported. In several of the aforementioned chapters, the biosynthetic aspects behind the assembly of the respective PSs were examined on the bases of genetic information available in the NCBI and ECODAB databases.  Finally, in Chapter 8, different NMR pulse sequences available for the study of proteins and nucleic acids were evaluated and optimized for the structural analysis of 13C uniformly-labeled oligo- and polysaccharides.

  • 19.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ramström, Kristoffer
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structural studies of the O-antigen polysaccharide from Escherichia coli O115 and biosynthetic aspects thereof2013In: Glycobiology, ISSN 0959-6658, E-ISSN 1460-2423, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 354-362Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The structure of the O-antigen polysaccharide (PS) of Escherichia coliO115 has been investigated using a combination of component analysis and 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy experiments. The repeating unit of the O-antigen was elucidated using the O-deacetylated PS and has the following branched pentasaccharide structure: →3)[β-L-Rhap-(1 → 4)]-β-D-GlcpNAc-(1 → 4)-α-D-GalpA-(1 → 3)-α-D-Manp-(1 → 3)-β-D-GlcpNAc-(1→. Cross-peaks of low intensity, corresponding to a β-L-Rhap-(1 → 4)-β-D-GlcpNAc-(1→ structural element, were present in the NMR spectra and attributed to the terminal part of the PS; this information defines the biological repeating unit of the O-antigen by having a 3-substituted N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (GlcNAc) residue at its reducing end. Analysis of the NMR spectra of the native PS revealed O-acetyl groups distributed over different positions of theL-Rhap residue (∼0.70 per repeating unit) as well as at O-2 and O-3 of the D-GalpA residue (∼0.03 and ∼0.25 per repeating unit, respectively), which is in agreement with the presence of two acetyltransferases previously identified in the O-antigen gene cluster (Wang Q, Ruan X, Wei D, Hu Z, Wu L, Yu T, Feng L, Wang L. 2010. Mol Cell Probes. 24:286–290.). In addition, the four glycosyltransferases initially identified in the O-antigen gene cluster of E. coli O115 were analyzed using BLAST, and the function of two of them predicted on the basis of similarities with glycosyltransferases from Shigella dysenteriae type 5 and 12, as well as E. coli O58 and O152.

  • 20.
    Fontana, Carolina
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Weintraub, Andrej
    Karolinska Institute.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Facile Structural Elucidation of Glycans Using NMR Spectroscopy Data and the Program CASPER: Application to the O-Antigen Polysaccharide of Escherichia coli O1552013In: ChemPlusChem, ISSN 2192-6506, Vol. 78, no 11, p. 1327-1329Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The program CASPER was successfully employed to rapidly elucidate a new O-antigen polysaccharide structure (obtained from a strain of Escherichia coli serogroup O155), using solelyunassigned NMR spectroscopy data as input information. Thus, what is considered the most tedious and time-consuming part of the structural elucidation process has been reduced from several hours (or even days) of manual interpretation to about four minutes of automated analysis.

  • 21. Harper, James K.
    et al.
    Tishler, Derek
    Richardson, David
    Lokvam, John
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Solid-State NMR Characterization of the Molecular Conformation in Disordered Methyl alpha-L-Rhamnofuranoside2013In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, ISSN 1089-5639, E-ISSN 1520-5215, Vol. 117, no 26, p. 5534-5541Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A combination of solid-state C-13 NMR tensor data and DFT computational methods is utilized to predict the conformation in disordered methyl alpha-L-rhamnofuranoside. This previously uncharacterized solid is found to be crystalline and consists of at least six distinct conformations that exchange on the kHz time scale. A total of 66 model structures were evaluated, and six were identified as being consistent with experimental C-13 NMR data. All feasible structures have very similar carbon and oxygen positions and differ most significantly in OH hydrogen orientations. A concerted rearrangement of OH hydrogens is proposed to account for the observed dynamic disorder. This rearrangement is accompanied by smaller changes in ring conformation and is slow enough to be observed on the NMR time scale due to severe steric crowding among ring substituents. The relatively minor differences in non-hydrogen atom positions in the final structures suggest that characterization of a complete crystal structure by X-ray powder diffraction may be feasible.

  • 22. Hayashi, Yukiko
    et al.
    Santoro, Stefano
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Azuma, Yuki
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ohshima, Takashi
    Mashima, Kazushi
    Enzyme-Like Catalysis via Ternary Complex Mechanism: Alkoxy-Bridged Dinuclear Cobalt Complex Mediates Chemoselective O-Esterification over N-Amidation2013In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, ISSN 0002-7863, E-ISSN 1520-5126, Vol. 135, no 16, p. 6192-6199Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hydroxy group-selective acylation in the presence of more nucleophilic amines was achieved using acetates of first-row late transition metals, such as Mn, Fe, Co, Cu, and Zn. Among them, cobalt(II) acetate was the best catalyst in terms of reactivity and selectivity. The combination of an octanuclear cobalt carboxylate cluster [Co-4(OCOR)(6)O](2) (2a: R = CF3, 2b: R = CH3, 2c: R = Bu-t) with nitrogen-containing ligands, such as 2,2'-bipyridine, provided an efficient catalytic system for transesterification, in which an alkoxide-bridged dinuclear complex, Co-2((OCOBu)-Bu-t)(2)-(bpy)(2)(mu(2)-OCH2-C6H4-4-CH3)(2) (10), was successfully isolated as a key intermediate. Kinetic studies and density functional theory calculations revealed Michaelis-Menten behavior of the complex 10 through an ordered ternary complex mechanism similar to dinuclear metallo-enzymes, suggesting the formation of alkoxides followed by coordination of the ester.

  • 23.
    Ilchenko, Nadia O.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Janson, Pär G.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Copper-Mediated Cyanotrifluoromethylation of Styrenes Using the Togni Reagent2013In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 78, no 21, p. 11087-11091Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Styrenes with an electron-deficient double bond undergo cyanotrifluoromethylation with a trifluoromethylated hypervalent iodine reagent in the presence of CuCN. The reaction proceeds under mild conditions in the presence of bulky phosphines or B(2)pin(2) additives. The process is highly regioselective and involves the consecutive formation of two C-C bonds in a single addition reaction. In the presence of a p-methoxy substituent in the styrene, oxytrifluoromethylation occurs instead of the cyanotrifluoromethylation.

  • 24.
    Ilchenko, Nadia O.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Janson, Pär
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Copper-mediated C-H trifluoromethylation of quinones2013In: Chemical Communications, ISSN 1359-7345, E-ISSN 1364-548X, Vol. 49, no 59, p. 6614-6616Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Quinones undergo copper-mediated C-H trifluoromethylation reactions using a hypervalent iodine reagent. The reactions have a broad synthetic scope involving naphtho, alkyl, chloro and methoxy quinones.

  • 25.
    Jalalian, Nazli
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Synthesis of Koser’s Reagent and Derivatives2013In: Organic Syntheses, ISSN 0078-6209, Vol. 90, p. 1-9Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Jiang, Liying
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Johnston, Eric
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Åberg, K. Magnus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Nilsson, Ulrika
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Ilag, Leopold L.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Strategy for quantifying trace levels of BMAA in cyanobacteria by LC/MS/MS2013In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, ISSN 1618-2642, E-ISSN 1618-2650, Vol. 405, no 4, p. 1283-1292Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The cyanobacterial neurotoxin β-N-methylamino--alanine (BMAA) is an amino acid that is putatively associated with the pathology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Parkinsonism –dementia complex (ALS-PDC) disease. It raises serious health risk concerns since cyanobacteria are ubiquitous thus making human exposure almost inevitable. The identification and quantification of BMAA in cyanobacteria is challenging because it is present only in trace amounts and occurs alongside structurally similar compounds such as BMAA isomers. This work describes an enhanced liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry platform that can distinguish BMAA from its isomers β-amino-N-methyl-alanine, N-(2-oethyl) glycine (AEG), and 2,4-diaminobutyric acid, thus ensuring confident identification of BMAA. The method's sensitivity was improved fourfold by a post-column addition of acetonitrile. The instrument and method limits of detection were shown to be 4.2 fmol/injection (or 0.5 g/one column) and 0.1 μg/g dry weight of cyanobacteria, respectively. The quantification method uses synthesized deuterated BMAA as an internal standard and exhibits good linearity, accuracy, and precision. Matrix effects were also investigated, revealing an ion enhancement of around 18 %. A lab-cultured cyanobacterial sample (Leptolyngbya PCC73110) was analyzed and shown to contain about 0.73 μg/g dry weight BMAA. The isomer AEG, whose chromatographic properties closely resemble those of BMAA, was also detected. These results highlight the importance of distinguishing BMAA from its isomers for reliable identification as well as providing a sensitive and accurate quantification method for measuring trace levels of BMAA in cyanobacterial samples.

  • 27.
    Kärkäs, Markus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Development and Mechanistic Studies of Molecularly Defined Water Oxidation Catalysts: Catalysts for a Green and Sustainable Future2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis deals with the development of complexes that are active catalysts for H2O oxidation. Promoting proton-coupled electron transfer has been a highly important feature in the development of these catalysts.

    The first part deals with the modification of ligand frameworks for the development of a ruthenium complex capable of withstanding the highly oxidizing conditions required for H2O oxidation. 

    The second part of the thesis describes the development of two single-site ruthenium(III) complexes, housing two meridionally coordinating tridentate benzimidazole ligands. Studies on these complexes revealed that they can mediate H2O oxidation, both by the use of a chemical oxidant and photochemically, and that the ligand frameworks were important in promoting proton-coupled electron transfer events.

    In the third part, systematic modifications are introduced into one of the catalysts developed in the second part of the thesis. All of the complexes were shown to be active water oxidation catalysts (WOCs), and kinetic studies confirmed that all catalysts displayed a first-order dependence on catalyst concentration, thereby validating that H2O oxidation occurs on a single metal site. By using linear free-energy relationships it was possible to elucidate the unusual behavior exerted by the ligand framework during the catalytic cycle.

    The fourth part concerns the development of a ruthenium(III) WOC, containing a tetradentate bioinspired ligand architecture, and its deactivation pathway during H2O oxidation catalysis. This revealed an unexplored, and perhaps general, deactivation pathway for ruthenium-based WOCs. Evidence was also found that the ruthenium WOC reaches a high-valent ruthenium(VI) state which is the active species in H2O oxidation.

    Finally, the fifth and last part deals with the development of a dinuclear manganese complex. Utilizing a bioinspired, highly functionalized ligand, enabled the formation of the first homogeneous manganese-based WOC capable of promoting catalytic H2O oxidation with one-electron oxidants.

  • 28.
    Kärkäs, Markus D.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Åkermark, Torbjörn
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Chen, Hong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK). China University of Geosciences .
    Sun, Junliang
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Åkermark, Björn
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    A Tailor-Made Molecular Ruthenium Catalyst for the Oxidation of Water and Its Deactivation through Poisoning by Carbon Monoxide2013In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 52, no 15, p. 4189-4193Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 29. Küpper, Frithjof C.
    et al.
    Feiters, Martin C.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Kaiho, Tatsuo
    Yanagida, Shozo
    Zimmermann, Michael B.
    Carpenter, Lucy J.
    Luther, George W.
    Lu, Zunli
    Jonsson, Mats
    Kloo, Lars
    Purple fumes: the importance of iodine2013In: Science in School, ISSN 1818-0353, E-ISSN 1818-0361, no 27, p. 10p. 45-53Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Larsson, Johanna M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Transition metal-catalyzed allylic and vinylic functionalization: Method development and mechanistic investigations2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of small molecule building blocks in, for example, pharmaceutical research and new material development, creates a need for new and improved organic synthesis methods. The use of transition metals as mediators and catalysts opens up new reaction pathways that have made the synthesis of completely new compounds possible as well as greatly improved the synthetic routes to known compounds.

    Herein, the development of new metal-mediated and catalyzed reactions for construction of vinylic and allylic carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds is described.  The use of iodonium salts as coupling partners in Pd-catalyzed Heck type reactions with alkenes is shown to improve the current substrate scope. Results from a mechanistic study indicate that the reaction proceeds via high oxidation state palladium intermediates.

    The use of IIII reagents is also believed to facilitate a PdII/PdIV catalytic cycle in allylic silylation of alkenes using (SiMe3)2, which, to the best of our knowledge, is the first method developed for metal-catalyzed allylic C-H silylation.

    The same silyl-source, (SiMe3)2, has previously been used in a Pd-catalyzed allylic substitution reaction in which allylic silanes are formed from allylic alcohols. A detailed mechanistic investigation of this reaction is described in which by-products as well as intermediates, including the resting state of the catalyst, are identified using 1H, 11B, 19F and 29Si NMR spectroscopy. Kinetic experiments are performed that give information about the turn-over limiting step and the mechanism of the analogous borylation using B2pin2 is also investigated. Insights from this study further made it possible to improve the stereoselectivity of this reaction.

    Additionally, a new method for Cu-mediated trifluoromethylation of allylic halides is presented in which linear products are formed exclusively from both linear and branched allylic substrates at room temperature.  Identification of allylic fluorides as by-products during the reaction also led to the development of a similar Cu-mediated reaction for the fluorination of allylic halides.

  • 31.
    Larsson, Johanna M.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Pathipati, Stalin R.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Szabó, Kálmán J.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Regio- and Stereoselective Allylic Trifluoromethylation and Fluorination using CuCF3 and CuF Reagents2013In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 78, no 14, p. 7330-7336Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Copper-mediated trifluoromethylation of allylic chlorides and trifluoroacetates was performed using a convenient Cu-CF3 reagent. The reaction is suitable for selective synthesis of allyl trifluoromethyl species. Mechanistic studies indicate that the reaction proceeds via a nucleophilic substitution mechanism involving allyl copper intermediates. The analogous Cu-F reagent was suitable for fluorination of allyl chlorides. Stereodefined cyclic substrates reacted regio- and stereoselectively.

  • 32.
    Lee, Bao-Lin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Development of metal complexes for water oxidation2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In an artificial version of photosynthesis, sunlight and water are used to produce fuels. Our research focuses on the bottleneck in this process, the photooxidation of water. In the course of developing a water oxidation catalyst, a number of metal complexes have been synthesised, characterised, and studied for catalytic activity. Three of them are dinuclear complexes (Ru, Co and Cu) of 2,6-bis[(2-hydroxybenzyl)-(2-pyridylmethyl)aminomethyl]-4-methylphenol (H3bbpmp). The fourth is a dimeric Ru complex with a ligand containing imidazole and phenol motifs. Additionally, a dinuclear Mn complex with a ligand that contains benzimidazoles and carboxylates coordinating to the metal atoms was also developed. This Mn complex was then covalently linked to [Ru(bpy)3]2+-type photosensitisers, resulting in three different bimetallic dyads. Finally, a dinuclear Fe complex containing the same ligand as the dinuclear Mn complex was synthesised.

    The potential of the three H3bbpmp complexes as catalysts for oxidation of organic compounds was investigated and it was found that the Ru complex catalyses the oxidation of alcohols to the corresponding ketone or aldehyde using (diacetoxyiodo)benzene as oxidant. The Co complex functions as an electron transfer mediator in a coupled catalytic system for allylic oxidation using oxygen gas. The oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol to the corresponding ortho-quinone with oxygen gas using the copper complex proved that it can be considered as a model of catecholase. The dimeric Ru complex and the dinuclear Mn and Fe complexes proved to catalyse water oxidation when employing stoichiometric amounts of the oxidant [Ru(bpy)3](PF6)3. Furthermore, using [Ru(bpy)2(deeb)](PF6)2 as photosensitiser together with Na2S2O8 as sacrificial electron acceptor in aqueous phosphate buffer at pH = 7.2, photochemical water oxidation was demonstrated. The bimetallic dyads however, did not show catalytic activity for the oxidation of water.

  • 33.
    Lihammar, Richard
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Millet, Renaud
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Bäckvall, Jan-E.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Enzyme- and Ruthenium-Catalyzed Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Functionalized Cyclic Allylic Alcohols2013In: Journal of Organic Chemistry, ISSN 0022-3263, E-ISSN 1520-6904, Vol. 78, no 23, p. 12114-12120Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Enantioselective synthesis of functionalized cyclic allylic alcohols via dynamic kinetic resolution has been developed. Cyclopentadienylruthenium catalysts were used for the racemization, and lipase PS-IM or CALB was employed for the resolution. By optimization of the reaction conditions the formation of the enone byproduct was minimized, making it possible to prepare a range of optically active functionalized allylic alcohols in good yields and high ee's.

  • 34.
    Lind, Maria E. S.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Quantum Chemistry as a Tool in Asymmetric Biocatalysis: Limonene Epoxide Hydrolase Test Case2013In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ISSN 1433-7851, E-ISSN 1521-3773, Vol. 52, no 17, p. 4563-4567Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Lind, Maria E.S.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Quantum Chemical Modeling of Asymmetric Enzymatic Reactions: Applications to Limonene Epoxide Hydrolase and Arylmalonate Decarboxylase2013Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis, density functional theory has been employed to study the reactionmechanisms of two enzymes with possible applications in asymmetric biocatalysis.To reproduce and rationalize the stereoselectivity of the enzymes, quite large cluster models that account for the chiral environment of the active site have been used.

    In the first study, the enantioselectivity of the wild-type limonene epoxidehydrolase and two groups of mutants thereof, that show either (R,R)- or (S,S)-selectivity, were investigated. Using the cluster approach, the enantioselectivity for each variant of the enzyme was calculated and the results are in good agreement with the experimental data. It was found that the enantioselectivity of the enzyme variants is controlled by the steric hindrance introduced or relieved bythe different mutations.

    The second study concerns the reaction mechanism and stereoselectivity of arylmalonate decarboxylase. The calculations support the proposed two-step mechanism, in which decarboxylation and protonation of the substrate occur separately. The stereoselectivity of the enzyme is governed by repulsive steric interactions between the substrate and the residues that deffine a large and a small cavity in the active site. Depending on the size of the substrate, the selectivity was found to be determined already at the binding of the substrate or in the subsequent transition state.

    The results presented in this thesis demonstrate that the quantum chemical cluster approach for modeling enzymes is indeed a very valuable tool in the study of asymmetric biocatalysis.

  • 36.
    Lindstedt, Erik
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ghosh, Raju
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Metal-Free Synthesis of Aryl Ethers in Water2013In: Organic Letters, ISSN 1523-7060, E-ISSN 1523-7052, Vol. 15, no 23, p. 6070-6073Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The first arylation of allylic and benzylic alcohols with diaryliodonium salts is reported. The reaction yields alkyl aryl ethers under mild and metal-free conditions. Phenols are arylated to diaryl ethers in good to excellent yields. The reaction employs diaryliodonium salts and sodium hydroxide in water at low temperature, and excess amounts of the coupling partners are avoided.

  • 37.
    Liu, Leifeng
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Yu, Zheng-Bao
    Chen, Hong
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK). China University of Geosciences, People's Republic of China .
    Deng, Youqian
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Lee, Bao-Lin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Sun, Junliang
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK). Peking University, People's Republic of China .
    Disorder in Extra-Large Pore Zeolite ITQ-33 Revealed by Single Crystal XRD2013In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 13, no 10, p. 4168-4171Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The single crystal of the extra-large pore zeolite, ITQ-33, was obtained and used to explore its crystal structure details. The ITQ-33 structure was found to be disordered with the columnar periodic building unit, explaining the morphology changes upon the different Si/Ge ratio, and the formation of the hierarchical structure from assembling of ITQ-33 nanofibers.

  • 38.
    Lundborg, Magnus
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ali, Eunus
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    An in silico virtual screening study for the design of norovirus inhibitors: fragment-based molecular docking and binding free energy calculations2013In: Carbohydrate Research, ISSN 0008-6215, E-ISSN 1873-426X, Vol. 378, p. 133-138Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gastrointestinal infections caused by noroviruses may be prevented by the inhibition of their binding to histo-blood group carbohydrate antigens. A fragment-based virtual screening approach was used, employing docking followed by molecular dynamics simulations in order to enable binding free energy calculations using the linear interaction energy method. The resulting structures, composed of high-affinity fragments, can be a good starting point for lead optimizations and four molecules that pass both REOS and SYLVIA filters, which can remove known toxic features and assess the synthetic accessibility, respectively, are proposed as inhibitors.

  • 39. Mally, Manuela
    et al.
    Fontana, Carolina
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    LeibundGut-Landmann, Salome
    Laacisse, Lamia
    Fan, Yao-Yun
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Aebi, Markus
    Glycoengineering of host mimicking type-2 LacNAc polymersand Lewis X antigens on bacterial cell surfaces2013In: Molecular Microbiology, ISSN 0950-382X, E-ISSN 1365-2958, Vol. 87, no 1, p. 112-131Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bacterial carbohydrate structures play a central role in mediating a variety of host-pathogen interactions. Glycans can either elicit protective immune response or lead to escape of immune surveillance by mimicking host structures. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a major component on the surface of Gram-negative bacteria, is composed of a lipid A-core and the O-antigen polysaccharide. Pathogens like Neisseria meningitidis expose a lipooligosaccharide (LOS), which outermost glycans mimick mammalian epitopes to avoid immune recognition. Lewis X (Gal beta 1-4(Fuc alpha 1-3)GlcNAc) antigens of Helicobacter pylori or of the helminth Schistosoma mansoni modulate the immune response by interacting with receptors on human dendritic cells. In a glycoengineering approach we generate human carbohydrate structures on the surface of recombinant Gram-negative bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica sv. Typhimurium that lack O-antigen. A ubiquitous building block in mammalian N-linked protein glycans is Gal beta 1-4GlcNAc, referred to as a type-2 N-acetyllactosamine, LacNAc, sequence. Strains displaying polymeric LacNAc were generated by introducing a combination of glycosyltransferases that act on modified lipid A-cores, resulting in efficient expression of the carbohydrate epitope on bacterial cell surfaces. The poly-LacNAc scaffold was used as an acceptor for fucosylation leading to polymers of Lewis X antigens. We analysed the distribution of the carbohydrate epitopes by FACS, microscopy and ELISA and confirmed engineered LOS containing LacNAc and Lewis X repeats by MALDI-TOF and NMR analysis. Glycoengineered LOS induced pro-inflammatory response in murine dendritic cells. These bacterial strains can thus serve as tools to analyse the role of defined carbohydrate structures in different biological processes.

  • 40.
    Malmgren, Joel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Unsymmetrical Diaryliodonium Salts: Development and Chemoselectivity studies2013Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The first part describes a chemoselectivity study on diaryliodonium salts where oxygen, nitrogen and carbon nucleophiles have been arylated. Twelve different unsymmetric phenyl(aryl)iodonium salts were designed with a systematic variation of the steric and electronic properties of the aryl group. The chemoselectivity varies greatly between the nucleophiles but several “dummy” aryl groups were identified where selective transfer of the phenyl moiety was consequently observed. HRMS studies of the salts revealed an interesting ligand exchange between the aryl groups of the iodine under certain conditions. This will aid the understanding of the mechanism operating in diaryliodonium salt arylation reactions. The results will facilitate the design of catalytic systems employing diaryliodonium salts, as well as help in search for applications with polymer-bound salts.

    The second part of the thesis describes the development of a new synthetic route towards unsymmetric diaryliodonium salts containing one heteroaryl moiety. The substrate scope of the facile one-pot protocol involves salts containing dummy groups with large steric bulk as well as electron-rich aryl groups. The utility of the salts are demonstrated in the arylation of both phenols and malonates where selective transfer of the heteroaryl moiety was consistently observed

  • 41.
    Malmgren, Joel
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Santoro, Stefano
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Jalalian, Nazli
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Himo, Fahmi
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Olofsson, Berit
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Arylation with Unsymmetrical Diaryliodonium Salts: A Chemoselectivity Study2013In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 19, no 31, p. 10334-10342Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Phenols, anilines, and malonates have been arylated under metal-free conditions with twelve aryl(phenyl)iodonium salts in a systematic chemoselectivity study. A new “anti-ortho effect” has been identified in the arylation of malonates. Several “dummy groups” have been found that give complete chemoselectivity in the transfer of the phenyl moiety, irrespective of the nucleophile. An aryl exchange in the diaryliodonium salts has been observed under certain arylation conditions. DFT calculations have been performed to investigate the reaction mechanism and to elucidate the origins of the observed selectivities. These results are expected to facilitate the design of chiral diaryliodonium salts and the development of catalytic arylation reactions that are based on these sustainable and metal-free reagents.

  • 42.
    Mobarak, Hani
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Engström, Olof
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Synthesis of methyl 3-amino-3,6-dideoxy-alpha-d-galactopyranoside carrying different amide substituents2013In: RSC Advances, ISSN 2046-2069, E-ISSN 2046-2069, Vol. 3, no 45, p. 23090-23097Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Bacterial polysaccharides may contain rare sugars of different stereochemistry and diverse functional groups; the repertoire can be further extended by varying the exocyclic substituents. Synthesis of four monosaccharides is described utilizing a suitably protected key intermediate obtained by regioselective acetal ring-opening reduction, dexoygenation at C6, alcohol oxidation at C3 followed by formation of an oxime, which was stereoselectively reduced by samarium diiodide to give a 3-amino-derivative having the desired galacto-configuration. Subsequent functionalization was performed resulting in one to four carbon atoms in the amide substituent.

  • 43.
    Nagendiran, Anuja
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Transition metal-catalysis: Applications of dynamic kinetic resolution in total synthesis and developments of novel methodologies using heterogeneous Pd catalysts2013Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The first part of the thesis describes a general and efficient route for the enantioselective synthesis of various α-substituted ketones and their corresponding lactones. The two key steps in this synthesis are the ruthenium and CALB-catalyzed dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR) which provided the exocyclic acetates in high yields and excellent enantioselectivity and the subsequent Cu-catalyzed α-allylic substitution giving the corresponding α-substituted products with inversed stereochemistry in high yields. This synthetic route was applied to the synthesis of the naturally occurring (R)-10-methyl-6-undecanolide, via subsequent oxidative cleavage and Baeyer-Villiger oxidation.

    In the second part, a new microwave-assisted methodology using a heterogeneous Pd nanocatalyst for Suzuki cross-couplings and hydrogenation of alkenes is presented. The catalytic system proved to be compatible with a wide range of functional groups and heteroatoms. In general, excellent yields were obtained within 45 min for the Suzuki cross-couplings and within 30 min for the hydrogenation reactions. The catalyst exhibited high recyclability with a low leaching in both cases.

    A novel method to prepare γ-alkylidene lactones from alkynoic acids mediated by a heterogeneous Pd(II) catalyst is described in the last part of the thesis. The protocol proved to be highly stereo- and regioselective, affording the 5-exo-dig lactone as the single product in all cases. In general, internal alkynes were cyclized in high to excellent yields within 3 hours using 0.3 mol% of catalyst loading. For internal alkynes, the catalyst loading had to be increased to 0.5 mol% along with prolonged reaction times and elevated temperatures in order to obtained high yields. The catalyst showed some recyclability with low leaching.

  • 44. Ostrovskis, Pavels
    et al.
    Volla, Chandra M. R.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Turks, Maris
    Markovic, Dean
    Application of Metal Free Click Chemistry in Biological Studies2013In: Current organic chemistry, ISSN 1385-2728, E-ISSN 1875-5348, Vol. 17, no 6, p. 610-640Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The first reported click reaction, copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition had limited biocompatibility due to the high toxicity of copper. Since alternative bioorthogonal click reactions have been developed, they have strongly influenced the field of chemical biology. Here are summarized three main metal-free click methodologies based on cycloaddition, Staudinger and thio-ene reactions. This review contains the basic principles, some mechanistic considerations and a collection of reagents that can be used in each method. Firstly, Diels-Alder and strain promoted inverse electron demand Diels-Alder cycloadditions are outlined together with triazole and isoxazole formation by 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions. Secondly, Staudinger-Bertozzi ligation, a chemoselective reaction of azides and engineered triarylphosphines, is discussed. Finally, thio-click chemistries including thiol-ene, thiol-yne, thio-Michael and fluoro-thio-click reactions are reviewed. Among the most important bioapplications of these click methodologies is the labeling of glycans, proteins, lipids and DNA. Additionally, synthetic methods and surface immobilization of biomolecules and biologically useful polymeric materials are also reviewed.

  • 45.
    Pendrill, Robert
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Conformations of Flexible Oligosaccharides: Molecular Simulations and NMR spectroscopy2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The conformational preferences of several oligosaccharides are investigated herein using a combination of NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, focusing on the torsion angles associated with the glycosidic linkages.

    Strategies for obtaining usable J-HMBC spectra for carbons with an adjacent 13C label are described. By employing a selective pulse or a constant time modification, spectra free from interferences are obtained for site-specifically 13C labeled oligosaccharides.

    Intermolecular hydrogen bonding in sucrose is investigated using MD simulations performed at different concentrations. One of the most frequent intermolecular hydrogen bonds in the simulations, O3f∙∙∙HO3g, was detected using the HSQC-TOCSY NMR experiment.

    Based on MD simulations and NMR spectroscopy, the conformational ensemble for a trisaccharide segment of the LeaLex hexasaccharide is proposed to feature conformational exchange between conformations with positive and negative values for the ψ3 torsion angle in the β-D-GlcpNAc-(1→3)-β-D-Galp linkage.

    Using MD simulations, the conformation of the N-acetyl group is shown to influence the glycosidic conformation at a nearby linkage in two oligosaccharides.

    Short (1→6)-linked oligosaccharides are shown to exhibit conformational exchange at the ω and ψ torsion angles. Notably, the former torsion angle populates states with ψ ≈ ±90°. Conformationally sensitive homo- and heteronuclear coupling constants are determined using various NMR experiments. The experimental data, including effective distances from NOESY obtained for two of the compounds, is used to improve the representation of the ω torsion angle in the CHARMM36 force field.

  • 46.
    Pendrill, Robert
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Jonsson, K. Hanna M.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Glycan synthesis, structure, and dynamics: A selection2013In: Pure and Applied Chemistry, ISSN 0033-4545, E-ISSN 1365-3075, Vol. 85, no 9, p. 1759-1770Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Glycan structural information is a prerequisite for elucidation of carbohydrate function in biological systems. To this end we employ a tripod approach for investigation of carbo hydrate 3D structure and dynamics based on organic synthesis; different experimental spectroscopy techniques, NMR being of prime importance; and molecular simulations using, in particular, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The synthesis of oligosaccharides in the form of glucosyl fluorides is described, and their use as substrates for the Lam16A E115S glucosyl synthase is exemplified as well as a conformational analysis of a cyclic beta-(1 -> 3)-heptaglucan based on molecular simulations. The flexibility of the N-acetyl group of aminosugars is by MD simulations indicated to function as a gatekeeper for transitions of glycosidic torsion angles to other regions of conformational space. A novel approach to visualize glycoprotein (GP) structures is presented in which the protein is shown by, for example, ribbons, but instead of stick or space-filling models for the carbohydrate portion it is visualized by the colored geometrical figures known as CFG representation in a 3D way, which we denote 3D-CFG, thereby effectively highlighting the sugar residues of the glycan part of the GP and the position(s) on the protein.

  • 47.
    Pendrill, Robert
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Säwén, Elin
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Conformation and Dynamics at a Flexible Glycosidic Linkage Revealed by NMR Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Analysis of β-ʟ-Fucp-(1→6)-α-ᴅ-Glcp-OMe in Water Solution2013In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 117, no 47, p. 14709-14722Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The intrinsic flexibility of carbohydrates facilitates different 3D structures in response to altered environments. At glycosidic (1 -> 46)-linkages, three torsion angles are variable, and herein the conformation and dynamics of beta-1.-Fucp-(1 -> 6)-alpha-D-Glcp-OMe are investigated using a combination of NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The disaccharide shows evidence of conformational averaging for the psi and co torsion angles, best explained by a four-state conformational distribution. Notably, there is a significant population of conformations having psi = 85 degrees (clinal) in addition to those having psi = 180 degrees (anfiperiplanar). Moderate differences in C-13 R-1 relaxation rates are found to be best explained by axially symmetric tumbling in combination with minor differences in librational motion for the two residues, whereas the isomerization motions are occurring too slowly to significantly to the observed relaxation rates. The MD simulation was found to give a reasonably good agreement with experiment, especially with respect to diffusive properties, among which the rotational anisotropy, D parallel to/D parallel to, is found to be 2.35. The force field employed showed too narrow omega torsion angles in the gauche trans and gauche gauche states as well as overestimating the population of the gauche trans conformer. This information can subsequently be used in directing parameter developments and emphasizes the need for refinement of force fields for (1 -> 6)-linked carbohydrates.

  • 48.
    Pu, Maoping
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Privalov, Timofei
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Ab initio dynamics trajectory study of the heterolytic cleavage of H2 by a Lewis acid [B(C6F5)3] and a Lewis base [P(tBu)3]2013In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 138, no 15, article id 154305Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Activation of H-2 by a frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) composed of B(C6F5)(3) and P(tBu)(3) species has been explored with high level direct ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations at finite temperature (T = 300 K) in gas phase. The initial geometrical conditions for the AIMD trajectory calculations, i.e., the near attack conformations of FLP + H-2, were devised using the host-guest model in which suitable FLP conformations were obtained from the dynamics of the B(C6F5)(3)/P(tBu)(3) pair in gas phase. AIMD trajectory calculations yielded microscopic insight into effects which originate from nuclear motion in the reacting complex, e. g., the alternating compression/elongation of the boron-phosphorous distance and the change of the pyramidality of boron in B(C6F5)(3). The ensemble averaged trajectory analysis has been compared with the minimum energy path (MEP) description of the reaction. Similar to MEP, AIMD shows that an attack of the acid/base pair on the H-H bond gives rise to the polarization of the H-2 molecule and as a consequence generates a large dipole moment of the reacting complex. The MEP and AIMD portrayals of the reaction are fundamentally different in terms of the magnitude of the motion of nuclei in B(C6F5)(3) and P(tBu)(3) during the H-2 cleavage. In the AIMD trajectory simulations, geometries of B(C6F5)(3) and P(tBu)(3) appear as nearly frozen on the short time scale of the H-2 cleavage. This is contrary to the MEP picture. Several of the concepts which arise from this work, e. g., separation of time scales of nuclear motion and the time-dependence of the donor-acceptor interactions in the reacting complex, are important for the understanding of chemical reactivity and catalysis.

  • 49.
    Rönnols, Jerk
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Structure, dynamics and reactivity of carbohydrates: NMR spectroscopic studies2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The main focus of this thesis is on the ring conformations of carbohydrate molecules; how the conformational equilibria and the rates of the associated interconversions are affected by the molecular constitution and their surroundings.

    The conformational equilibria of a group of amine linked pseudodisaccharides, designed as potential glycosidase inhibitors, comprising α-D-altrosides are described in Chapter 3. The OS2 conformation was largely populated, and the ring conformation was found to depend on the charge of the amine functionality.

    The conformations of β-D-xylopyranoside derivatives with naphthyl-based aglycones, which are potential anti-cancer agents, are described in chapter 4. Solvent dependent flexibility was observed. Intramolecular hydrogen bonds were concluded to be involved in the stabilization of 1C4 conformers in non-hydrogen bonding solvents of low polarity.

    Chapter 5 describes the first measurements of the conformational exchange rates of mannuronic acid ester derivatives between the 4C1 and 1C4 conformations, through DNMR measurements. The relative reactivity of glycosyl triflates as electrophiles in glycosylation reactions were investigated with NMR-based competition experiments.

    In Chapter 6, investigations of ruthenium-catalyzed epimerizations of the allylic alcohols of glycal derivatives, and stereoselective synthesis of esters through a DYKAT protocol, are described. The kinetics of the epimerizations were elaborated through different NMR-spectroscopic methods.

    Chapter 7 describes additions of NMR chemical shift data of mono- and oligosaccharides to database of the computer program CASPER, and applications thereof.

  • 50.
    Rönnols, Jerk
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Manner, Sophie
    Siegbahn, Anna
    Ellervik, Ulf
    Widmalm, Göran
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
    Exploration of conformational flexibility and hydrogen bonding of xylosides in different solvents, as a model system for enzyme active site interactions2013In: Organic and biomolecular chemistry, ISSN 1477-0520, E-ISSN 1477-0539, Vol. 11, no 33, p. 5465-5472Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The predominantly populated conformation of carbohydrates in solution does not necessarily represent the biologically active species; rather, any conformer accessible without too large an energy penalty may be present in a biological pathway. Thus, the conformational preferences of a naphthyl xyloside, which initiates in vivo synthesis of antiproliferative glycosaminoglycans, have been studied by using NMR spectroscopy in a variety of solvents. Equilibria comprising the conformations 4C12SO and 1C4 were found, with a strong dependence on the hydrogen bonding ability of the solvent. Studies of fluorinated analogues revealed a direct hydrogen bond from the hydroxyl group at C2 to the fluorine atom at C4 by a 1hJF4,HO2 coupling. Hydrogen bond directionality was further established via comparisons of fluorinated levoglucosan molecules.

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