Wenjun Wu

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

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Publications (44)115.88 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Herein we report the discovery and SAR of an indole-based protease activated receptor-4 (PAR-4) antagonist scaffold derived from a similarity search of the Vanderbilt HTS collection, leading to MLPCN probe ML354 (VU0099704). Using a novel PAC-1 fluorescent αIIbβ3 activation assay this probe molecule antagonist was found to have an IC50 of 140nM for PAR-4 with 71-fold selectivity versus PAR-1 (PAR-1IC50=10μM).
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters. 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: In order to develop new biorational pesticides and clarify the potential structural factors needed for the biological activity of celangulin-V analogues, thirty novel nitrogenous derivatives were designed and synthesized. The single crystal structure of celangulin-V is reported for the first time and provides a more accurate structure than that previously reported. The structures of all the new derivatives were confirmed by either NMR or ESI-MSn analysis. Insecticidal activities of these compounds were tested against the third-instar larvae of Mythimna separata. One derivative (1-6) showed higher insecticidal activity than celangulin-V, with a KD50 of 231.2 microg.g(-1), while two compounds (2-13 and 2-14) exhibited lower insecticidal activities; the others revealed no activity at a concentration of 20 mg mL(-1). The results support the view that celangulin-V has the potential to be a lead structure of semi-synthetic green insecticides.
    Natural product communications 06/2014; 9(6):745-8. · 0.96 Impact Factor
  • Chemistry of Natural Compounds 01/2014; 49(6). · 0.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Periplocoside NW (PSNW) is a novel insecticidal compound isolated from the root bark of Periploca sepium Bunge and has potent stomach toxicity against some insect pests. Previous studies showed that the Mythimna separata larva is sensitive to PSNW, but the Agrotis ispilon larva is insensitive. In this study, preliminary target localization on the midgut of M. separata larvae was conducted via a fluorescence labeling technique. A comparative ultrastructural study on the effects of PSNW on the midguts of M. separata and A. ispilon larvae was performed. Symptom observation results showed that typical stomach toxicity was induced by PSNW in M. separata larvae. Fluorescence localization results showed that PSNW binds to the midgut cells of M. separata larvae. Ultrastructure observations showed destruction of the microvilli, organelle, and cytomembrane in the midgut cells of M. separata larvae, whereas no obvious changes were observed in midgut cells of A. ispilon larvae. These results were consistent with the insecticidal activity of PSNW. Therefore, PSNW might act on the midgut tissues of the insects, and one or more binding sites of PSNW may exist in M. separata larvae midgut cell cytomembranes.
    Toxins 01/2014; 6(5):1575-85. · 2.13 Impact Factor
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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: In our continuous investigation of metabolites of Streptomyces alboflavus 313, NW-G12 (1), a novel nonchlorinated analogue of NW-G01, was obtained as a trace constituent in the weak polarity part and a known desertomycin A (2) was also isolated from the fermentation broth in the strong polarity part. The structures of compounds 1 and 2 were established by comprehensive analysis of 1D and 2D NMR spectral data. Moreover, compounds 1 and 2 showed strong antibacterial activities against Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis, with MICs of less than 10 μg/mL, but both show no antibacterial activities against two gram-negative bacteria.
    Chemistry of Natural Compounds 01/2013; 49(5). · 0.60 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. · 11.34 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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    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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    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: 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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75 Citations
115.88 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2013
    • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
      • Department of Chemical Biology
      New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
  • 2008–2013
    • Northwest A & F University
      • • College of Science
      • • 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