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Major Professor

Trudell, Mark

Second Advisor

Jursic, Branko S.

Third Advisor

Wang, Guijun

Fourth Advisor

Sankaranarayanan, Anantha

Fifth Advisor

Wiley, John B.


Our project was aimed at the development of novel CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonists that may have clinical applications for the treatment of cannabinoid and psychostimulant addiction. In this study, we designed, synthesized, and established the CB1 affinity for the 1,5-diaryl-1,2,3- triazole esters, a series of 4,5-diaryl-1-substituted-1,2,3-triazole analogues and a series of 4,5- diaryl-2-substituted-1,2,3-triazoles. Our research group has been interested in the synthesis of amphibian alkaloids due to their interesting biological activities. We have recently developed a general synthetic strategy which can rapidly prepare a few amphibian alkaloids simply from the abundant natural product (-)- cocaine This strategy was first successfully applied to the synthesis of (-)-monomorine. More recently, this strategy has also been utilized in the syntheses of both of the enantiomers of cispyrrolidine 225H and (+)-gephyrotoxin 287C.


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