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Synthetic Organic Chemistry for Drug Development(Chemistry)

Murai KenichiAssociate professor / Lecturer

2003 B.Sc., Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
2008 Ph.D. (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
Research interest: Synthetic organic chemistry

Research theme

Synthesis, design, and evaluation of biologically active compounds

Development of New Reactions Utilizing the Properties of Amines

Development and Application of Novel Organocatalysts

Representative achievements

Total Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of the Potent HIV Latency-Reversing Agent Ansellone A and its Analogues
Mizushi Yanagihara, Kenichi Murai, Naoki Kishimoto, Towa Abe, Shogo Misumi, Mitsuhiro Arisawa
Org. Lett., 2021, 23,1720-1725.

Oxidative Rearrangement of Primary Amines Using PhI(OAc)(2) and Cs2CO3
Wataru Yamakoshi, Mitsuhiro Arisawa, Kenichi Murai
Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 3023-3027.

Oxidative Rearrangement of Secondary Amines Using Hypervalent Iodine(III)-Reagent
Kenichi Murai, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Makoto Miyoshi, Hiromichi Fujioka
Org. Lett., 2018, 20, 2333-2337.

Total Synthesis of Terpenoids Employing a "Benzannulation of Carvone" Strategy: Synthesis of (-)-Crotogoudin
Peter Finkbeiner, Kenichi Murai, Michael Roepke, Richmond Sarpong
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 11349-11352.

Oxidative Rearrangement via in Situ Generated N-Chloroamine: Synthesis of Fused Tetrahydroisoquinolines
Kenichi Murai, Kei Matsuura, Hiroshi Aoyama, Hiromichi Fujioka
Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 1314-1317.

Enantioselective iodolactonization of allenoic acids
Kenichi Murai, Nozomi Shimizu, Hiromichi Fujioka
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 12530-12533.

Kinetic Resolution of beta-Substituted Olefinic Carboxylic Acids by Asymmetric Bromolactonization
Kenichi Murai, Tomoyo Matsushita, Akira Nakamura, Norimichi Hyogo, Junki Nakajima, Hiromichi Fujioka
Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 2526-2529.

C3-Symmetric Trisimidazoline-Catalyzed Enantioselective Bromolactonization of Internal Alkenoic Acids
Kenichi Murai, Akira Nakamura, Tomoyo Matsushita, Masato Shimura, Hiromichi Fujioka
Chem. Eur. J., 2012, 18, 8448-8453.

Oxidative Rearrangement of Spiro Cyclobutane Cyclic Aminals: Efficient Construction of Bicyclic Amidines
Kenichi Murai, Hideyuki Komatsu, Ryu Nagao, Hiromichi Fujioka
Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 772-775.

Asymmetric Bromolactonization Catalyzed by a C3-Symmetric Chiral Trisimidazoline
Kenichi Murai, Tomoyo Matsushita, Akira Nakamura, Shunsuke Fukushima, Masato Shimura, Hiromichi Fujioka
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 9174-9177.