Laboratory of Medicinal and Organic Chemistry
Professor Tetsuaki TANAKA 06-6879-8210 email@example.com
Associate Professor Takehiko YOSHIMITSU 06-6879-8213 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor Naoto KOJIMA 06-6879-8212 email@example.com
Functional organic molecules, both naturally occurring and man-made,
constitute a wide range of medicines indispensable for human health. Total Synthesis of Natural Products Me
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anticancer and analgesic natural products, aiming at the development of Agelastatin A CP-263,114 CO2H
new pharmaceuticals, 2) development of new methodology and strategy
that enable efficient access to various functional molecules, ranging from Development of New Synthetic Method
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1) Organic synthesis of structurally complex bioactive molecules: our I
synthesis targets encompass a wide range of organic compounds isolated R 3
from natural resources, involving Annonaceous acetogenins (aniticancer & Samarium(II)-Mediated Spirocyclization
immunosuppressive agent), CP-263,114 (Ras farnesyltransferase inhibitor), R
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projects involves not only creating a process for retrieving a large supply of Radical C-H Transformation
target compounds but also designing new functional molecules that would
serve as potent medicinal leads for future drug discovery. Interdisciplinary research is also currently underway through cooperation
with other research groups, pursuing bioactive substances by means of pharmacological screening of the synthesized compounds as
well as gaining vital clue to understanding of their biological functions.
2) Development of synthetic methodologies and strategies: because of the advent of novel medicinal leads possessing
unprecedented stereochemical and architectural complexity, discovery of efficient methodology that enables the stereoselective
functionalization and transformation has become extremely important. Such methodologies, in the meantime, have faced the
significant challenge with a view to saving energies necessary for the processes and avoiding environmental pollutions caused by the
chemical wastes. We are pursuing novel chemical bond forming processes that will meet such requirements by employing highly
reactive free radicals, organometallic species and asymmetric catalysts. Our work in this area involves SmI2-promoted single electron
transfer processes, free-radical-based carbon-hydrogen (C-H) transformations and asymmetric multi-component assembly processes.
1) Total synthesis of biologically active natural products
2) Synthesis of novel natural product derivatives with antitumor activity as drug leads
3) Development of free-radical- and organometallic-based method and strategy for organic synthesis
4) Development of new methods for asymmetric synthesis
1) T. Tanaka et al., Samarium(II)-Mediated Spirocyclization by Intramolecular Aryl Radical Addition onto an Aromatic Ring. J.
Org. Chem. in press.
2) N. Kojima et al., Synthesis of Hybrid Acetogenins, α,β-Unsaturated-γ-lactone-free Nitrogen-containing Heterocyclic Analogues,
and Their Cytotoxicity against Human Cancer Cell Lines. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 18, 1637, 2008.
3) T. Yoshimitsu et al., Radical Fixation of Functionalized Carbon Resources: α-sp3C-H Carbamoylation of Tertiary Amines with
Aryl Isocyanates. Org. Lett. 9, 5115, 2007.
4) T. Tanaka et al., Heck-Type Cyclization of Oxime Ethers: Stereoselective Carbon-Carbon Bond Formation with Aryl Halides To
Produce Heterocyclic Oximes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 46, 6325, 2007.
5) T. Yoshimitsu et al., Carbon-Carbon and Carbon-Hydrogen Bond Transformations Mediated by Highly Reactive Radicals and
Their Application to the Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds. J. Synth. Org. Chem. Jpn. 65, 665, 2007.
6) N. Kojima et al., Systematic Synthesis of Diastereomeric THF-ring Cores and Total Synthesis of Antitumor Annonaceous
Acetogenins. Synlett (account), 993, 2006.
7) T. Yoshimitsu et al., Radical Hydroxyalkylation of C-H Bond Adjacent to Nitrogen of Tertiary Amides, Ureas, and Amines. J.
Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 11610, 2005.