Wenjun Wu

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Go catalytic! A highly enantioselective hydrogenation of β,β-disubstituted nitroalkenes and isomeric mixtures of nitroalkenes by using a Rh/DuanPhos catalytic system under basic conditions has furnished a convenient approach to β-chiral nitroalkanes, which are otherwise not so easy to make.
    Chemistry 07/2013; · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The highly linear-selective hydroaminomethylation of styrenes is very challenging. Herein, an efficient, highly chemoselective, and linear-selective hydroaminomethylation (l/b up to >99:1) of styrenes using Rh(nbd)2SbF6 with a pyrrole-based 3,3',5,5'-substituted tetraphosphorus ligand is documented. This is in sharp contrast to other available processes leading to branched amines and provides a novel atom economic approach to 3-arylpropylamines.
    Organic Letters 06/2013; · 6.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to develop novel biorational pesticides, twelve new ether derivatives of 1β,4α,6α,9α-tetrahydroxy-2β,12-epoxymethano-β-dihydroagarofuran (3) were synthesized. The structure of the important intermediate 3was confirmed by X-ray crystallography, and the new derivatives (3.1-3.12) were elucidated by IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and 2D NMR spectroscopic and ESI-MS analysis. Insecticidal activities of these derivatives were tested against the third-instar larvae of Mythimna separata. Though most of the derivatives (3.1-3.4, 3.6, 3.8, 3.9-3.12) revealed no obvious activities at the concentration of 10 mg/mL, two compounds 3.5and 3.7, with KD50values of 12.9 μg/g and 7.8 μg/g, respectively, showed much higher insecticidal activities than celangulin-V, with a KD50of 321.4 μg/g, the main insecticidal component from the root bark of Chinese bittersweet, Celastrus angulatus Max. The results showed that β-dihydroagarofuran has the potential to be a lead structure for semi-synthetic green insecticides.
    Natural product communications 04/2013; 8(8):753 - 756. · 0.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A novel rhodium catalytic system with Naphos as ligand was developed for an efficient hydroaminomethylation of 1,1-diphenylethene under relatively mild conditions. This will allow for an atom-economic and environmentally benign synthesis of fenpiprane and related pharmaceuticals.
    Organic Letters 03/2013; 15(5):1036-9. · 6.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The new compound Z-4-2 was isolated from the fermentation broth of Streptomyces djakartensis NW35, together with the known compound N-acetyltryptamine (Z-9-2) by bioassay-guided fractionation. Its chemical structure was elucidated as (E)-2-methoxy-1,4 naphthoquinone-1-oxime (Z-4-2) mainly by NMR analyses and MS spectral data. Their antibacterial activities against bacteria were evaluated by the filter paper method. The results of indicated that these compounds possess significant antibacterial activities.
    Molecules 01/2013; 18(3):2763-8. · 2.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two novel cyclic hexapeptides, designated NW-G08 (1) and NW-G09 (2), were isolated from the fermentation broth of Streptomyces alboflavus 313. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive spectroscopic analysis, MS experiments, and chemical analysis. Their antibacterial activities against several strains of bacteria were evaluated by micro-broth dilution method. NW-G08 (1) and NW-G09 (2) were highly antibacterial against Gram-positive but not active against Gram-negative bactaria. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of 1 against Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, and Staphylococcus aureus were 6.25, 6.25, and 1.56 μg/ml, respectively. It is worth noting that 1 and 2 exhibited much higher activities against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than ampicillin, which implies that they might be potential candidates for the development of novel drugs against resistant pathogenic bacteria.
    Chemistry & Biodiversity 08/2012; 9(8):1567-78. · 1.81 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Building the building blocks: A highly enantioselective hydrogenation of β-aryl-β-alkyl disubstituted nitroalkenes 1 has been developed. This method results in enantiomerically pure nitroalkanes 2, which are versatile precursors for chemical synthesis.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 07/2012; 51(34):8573-6. · 13.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two novel cyclic hexapeptides, designated NW-G10 (1) and NW-G11 (2), were isolated from the fermentation broth of Streptomyces alboflavus 313. Their relative structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive spectroscopic analysis, and the absolute configurations of several constituent amino acids were determined by Marfey's method. NW-G10 (1) and NW-G11 (2) exhibited significant activity against Gram-positive bacteria, such as Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis and Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but they are not active against gram negatives.
    Amino Acids 04/2012; 43(5):2191-8. · 3.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to study diversity and find antimicrobial activities of actinomycetes from pesticide-contaminated spots in Shandong Peninsula. The phylogenetic analysis of 154 isolated strains was done based on 16SrDNA sequences. Antimicrobial activities of 10 non-Streptomyces strains were tested by using cylinder-plate method and hypha growth rate method. Among the strains, 154 strains belonged to 7 families, 8 genera: Streptomyces (87.01%), Kocuria, Microbacterium, Nocardiopsis, Knoellia, Pseudonocardia, Micromonospora, Actinoplanes. The fermentation broths of 10 non-Streptomyces strains had inhibitory actives against all tested phytopathogenic fungi (Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum, Gibberella zeae, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Colletotrichum gloesporioides) and bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtills, Bacillus cereus, Escherichai coli, Pseudomonas aeruginos) , especially Microbacterium oxydans JN853773 and Kocuria rosea JN192402 had strong inhibitory effects. Abundant diversity of actinomycetes existed in pesticide contaminated spots in Shandong Peninsula. Microbacterium oxydans JN853773 and Kocuria rosea JN192402 showed high antimicrobial activities and could be further exploited.
    ACTA MICROBIOLOGICA SINICA 04/2012; 52(4):435-41.
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    ABSTRACT: Three novel cyclic hexapeptides, designated NW-G05 (1), NW-G06 (2) and NW-G07 (3), were isolated from the fermentation broth of Streptomyces alboflavus 313. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive spectroscopic analysis, MS experiments, and chemical analysis. Their antibacterial activities against several strains of bacteria were evaluated by micro-broth dilution method. Among these compounds, NW-G06 (2) and NW-G07 (3) displayed highly antibacterial activity against gram-positive bacteria, but not gram negative ones. However, NW-G05 (1) was not active against all tested microorganisms.
    European journal of medicinal chemistry 02/2012; 50:296-303. · 3.27 Impact Factor
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    Shaopeng Wei, Wenjun Wu, Zhiqin Ji
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    ABSTRACT: A series of (28) 1-alkyl-3-methacryloyl (acryloyl)-benzimidazolone (thione) deriv-atives were synthesized. The structures of the new derivatives were confirmed by (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and ESI-MS spectral analysis. The antibacterial activities of these compounds against several strains of bacteria, such as Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, were evaluated by methods of paper disc-diffusion and broth mciro-dilution. Methacryloyl derivatives displayed higher antibacterial activities against tested bacterial strains than those of acryloyl derivatives in in vitro tests. A structure-activity relationship (SAR) study revealed that the presences of the methacryloyl moieties is essential to the antibacterial activities of the compounds.
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2012; 13(4):4819-30. · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: NW-G01, produced by Streptomyces alboflavus 313, is a novel cyclic hexapeptide antibiotic with many potential applications, including antimicrobial activity and antitumor agents. This study developed a system for optimizing medium components in order to enhance NW-G01 production. In this study, Plackett-Burman design (PBD) was used to find the key ingredients of medium components, and then response surface methodology (RSM) was implemented to determine their optimal concentrations. The results of PBD revealed that the crucial ingredients related to the production of NW-G01 were (NH(4))(2)SO(4), peptone and CaCO(3). A prediction model has been built in the experiments of central composite design and response surface methodology, and its validation has been further verified. The optimal medium composition was determined (g/L): corn starch 15, glucose 15, peptone 3.80, (NH(4))(2)SO(4) 0.06, NaCl 1.5, CaCO(3) 1.30, MgSO(4)·7H(2)O 0.015, K(2)HPO(4)·3H(2)O 0.015, MnCl(2)·4H(2)O 0.015, FeSO(4)·7H(2)O 0.015, and ZnSO(4)·7H(2)O 0.015. Compared with NW-G01 production (5.707 mg/L) in non-optimized fermentation medium, the production of NW-G01 (15.564 mg/L) in optimized fermentation medium had a 2.73-fold increase.
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2012; 13(4):5230-41. · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    Shaopeng Wei, Wenjun Wu, Zhiqin Ji
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    ABSTRACT: Considering the undesirable attributes of synthetic fungicides and the availability of Ficus species in China, the stem of Ficus tikoua Bur. was investigated. One new antifungal pyranoisoflavone, 5,3',4'-trihydroxy-2″,2″-dimethylpyrano (5″,6″:7,8) isoflavone (1), together with two known isoflavones, wighteone (2) and lupiwighteone (3) (with previously reported antifungal activities), were isolated from ethyl acetate extract by bioassay-guided fractionation. Their structures were determined by spectroscopic analysis, such as NMR ((1)H-(1)H COSY, HMQC, HMBC and NOESY), IR, UV and HRMS, as well as ESI-MS(n) analyses. The antifungal activities of 1-3 against Phytophthora infestans were evaluated by direct spore germination assay, and the IC(50) values were 262.442, 198.153 and 90.365 μg·mL(-1), respectively.
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2012; 13(6):7375-82. · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A highly regioselective isomerization-hydroaminomethylation of internal olefins has been developed. A 95.3% amine selectivity and 36.2 n/i ratio were obtained for 2-octene with a Tetrabi ligand and Rh(acac)(CO)(2), and a TON of linear amine was achieved of 6837 with a 39.1 n/i ratio of amine. The m-CF(3)-Ph substituted ligand was the best of the applied Tetrabi-type phosphorus ligands for different internal olefins, as up to a 99.2% amine selectivity and 95.6 n/i ratio were obtained for 2-pentene.
    Organic Letters 12/2011; 14(1):102-5. · 6.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: antimicrobial activity; cyclic hexapeptide antibiotic; NW-G03; Streptomyces alboflavus 313; structural elucidation
    The Journal of Antibiotics 12/2011; 64(12):789-94. · 2.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A highly regioselective hydroaminomethylation of terminal olefins catalyzed by Rh complexes with 2, 2', 6, 6'-tetrakis ((diphenylphosphino)methyl)-1, 1'-biphenyl (Tetrabi) ligand has been developed. Up to 99 % amine selectivity, 168 linear/branched amine product ratio (n/i), and 97.4 % linear amine yield has been obtained at a substrate/rhodium precursor ratio (S/Rh) of 1000 with this methodology. The turnover number was achieved 6930 at 10,000 S/Rh ratio, and the n/i can reach up to >525. Several different olefins and secondary amines have been applied successfully with high chemoselectivity (99 %), yield (>98 %), and regioselectivity (>120).
    Chemistry 11/2011; 17(51):14559-63. · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The title mol-ecule, C(16)H(24)O(8)S, is a dihydro-agrofuran derivative and has a heteropolycyclic structure. One cyclohexane ring exhibits a chair conformation and the other a non-chair conformation. In the crystal structure there is an inter-molecular C-H⋯O hydrogen-bonding inter-action to stabilize the packing.
    Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports Online 09/2011; 67(Pt 9):o2496. · 0.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Celangulins are a small family of β-dihydroagarofuran sesquiterpenoids endowed with diverse polyoxygenated polyol esters and various biological properties. Since our research focuses on celangulins, the development of rapid and sensitive online analytical methods to analyse and characterise them is of great significance. To develop an HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS method capable of simple and rapid analysis of celangulins in crude extract of root bark of C. angulatus extracts. High-performance liquid chromatography coupled with a diode array detector and electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry was established for the efficient and rapid identification of the celangulins. Chromatographic separations of celangulins were performed on a Hypersil Gold C(18) reverse-phase column by gradient elution with acetonitrile-water as mobile phase at a flow-rate 0.2 mL/min. ESI/MS/MS analysis of sodium adduct ion ([M + Na](+) ) of each celangulin shows that all the celangulins produced very similar fragmentation profiles, and that the characteristic fragments at m/z 245, m/z 229 and m/z 231 were defined as the diagnostic ions for celangulins. Simultaneously, 46 components in the extracts of this plant were separated, and 36 of them were characterised as celangulins by online ESI/MS/MS and by comparing their retention times, UV and MS spectra with those of authentic compounds. HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS was demonstrated to be a powerful tool for the characterisation of minor celangulins in complex samples.
    Phytochemical Analysis 04/2011; 23(1):23-33. · 2.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A series of optically pure β-amino ketones have been synthesized in high enantioselectivities (ee > 99%) by Rh-DuanPhos-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of readily prepared β-keto enamides. Further reduction of these β-amino ketones with hydrogen and Pd/C leads to the formation of a variety of protected enantiomerically pure γ-aryl amines (ee > 99%), which are key building blocks in many bioactive molecules.
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry 01/2011; 76(1):332-4. · 4.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to develop new biorational pesticides, ten new 6-substituted ester derivatives of Celangulin-V were designed and synthesized. The structures of the new derivatives were confirmed by IR, (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR and ESI-MS spectral analysis. Insecticidal activities of these compounds were tested against the third-instar larvae of Mythimna separata. Two derivatives (1.1, 1.2) showed higher insecticidal activities than Celangulin-V, with mortality of 75.0% and 83.3%, respectively. While four compounds (1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.8) denoted lower insecticidal activities, the others (1.5, 1.6, 1.9, 1.10) revealed no activities at a concentration of 10 mg.mL(-1). The results suggest that C-6 substitutions of Celangulin-V are very important in determining the insecticidal activities of its ester-derivatives. That the acetyl (1.1) and propionyl (1.2) derivatives possessed much higher insecticidal activities than Celangulin-V itself supported the view that Celangulin-V has the potential to be a lead structure of semi-synthetic green insecticides.
    International Journal of Molecular Sciences 01/2011; 12(12):9596-604. · 2.46 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2013
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
      New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
  • 2011–2012
    • Northwest A & F University
      • State Key Laboratory for Crops Stress Biology in Arid Regions
      Yang-ling-chen, Shaanxi, China
  • 2009
    • China Agricultural University
      • Department of Applied Chemistry
      Beijing, Beijing Shi, China