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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MOLECULAR PROBE CAPABLE OF IDENTIFYING NATURAL PRODUCTS CONTAINING FURAN MOIETIES
Natural products, along with natural product derivatives, are known to be at the root of the development of many pharmaceuticals, oftentimes showing unique bioactivity against interesting targets. Specifically, natural products containing furans show activity against a variety of diseases including fungal infections, and cancers. It is hypothesized that unknown natural products containing furans could show more potent or other biological activities. However, it is challenging to discover and isolate these small molecules from cell supernatant. The work described herein showcases the development of a molecular probe that can covalently attach to furan moieties via a [4 + 2] Diels-Alder cycloaddition, making them easily identifiable on liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy (LC-MS). The molecular probe, which undergoes this reaction with a variety of furans, was designed with both a UV-tag and a mass tag to enable easy identification. The probe has been tested with a variety of purified furans, including natural products, methylenomycin furan (MMF) hormones, and MMF derivatives. Moreover, work has begun to test the molecular probe in cell supernatants.
- Master of Science
- West Lafayette