Bo Liu

Sichuan University, Hua-yang, Sichuan, China

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Publications (65)222.1 Total impact

  • ChemInform 09/2014; 45(35).
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, we describe our efforts on the total synthesis of bolivianine (1) and isobolivianine (2), involving the synthesis of onoseriolide (3). The first generation synthesis of bolivianine was completed in 21 steps by following a chiral resolution strategy. Based on the potential biogenetic relationship between bolivianine (1), onoseriolide (3), and β-(E)-ocimene (8), the second generation synthesis of bolivianine was biomimetically achieved from commercially available (+)-verbenone in 14 steps. The improved total synthesis features an unprecedented palladium-catalyzed intramolecular cyclopropanation through an allylic metal carbene, for the construction of the ABC tricyclic system, and a Diels-Alder/intramolecular hetero-Diels-Alder (DA/IMHDA) cascade for installation of the EFG tricyclic skeleton with the correct stereochemistry. Transformation from bolivianine to isobolivianine was facilitated in the presence of acid. The biosynthetic mechanism and the excellent regio- and endo selectivities in the cascade are well supported by theoretical chemistry based on the DFT calculations.
    Chemistry 02/2014; · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a small and enveloped DNA virus, of which chronic infection is the main risk factor of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) is a multifunctional protein encoded by HBV genome, which have significant effects on HBV replication and pathogenesis. Through directly interacting with cellular proteins, HBx is capable to promote HBV replication, regulate transcription of host genes, disrupt protein degradation, modulate signaling pathway, manipulate cell death and deregulate cell cycle. In this review, we briefly discuss the diversified effects of HBx-interactome and their potential clinical significances.
    Expert Review of Proteomics 11/2013; · 3.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The authors present a highly selective C2-heteroarylation of pyridines and related azines.
    ChemInform 10/2013; 44(41).
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    ABSTRACT: Reactive oxygen species (ROS), chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen, can form as a natural byproduct of the normal metabolism of oxygen and also have their crucial roles in cell homeostasis. Of note, the major intracellular sources including mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum (ER), peroxisomes and the NADPH oxidase (NOX) complex have been identified in cell membranes to produce ROS. Interestingly, autophagy, an evolutionarily conserved lysosomal degradation process in which a cell degrades long-lived proteins and damaged organelles, has recently been well-characterized to be regulated by different types of ROS. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that ROS-modulated autophagy has numerous links to a number of pathological processes, including cancer, ageing, neurodegenerative diseases, type-II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, muscular disorders, hepatic encephalopathy and immunity diseases. In this review, we focus on summarizing the molecular mechanisms of ROS-regulated autophagy and their relevance to diverse diseases, which would shed new light on more ROS modulators as potential therapeutic drugs for fighting diseases.
    Free Radical Biology & Medicine 07/2013; · 5.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a well-known hepadnavirus with a double-stranded circular DNA genome. Although HBV was first described approximately 50 years ago, the precise mechanisms of HBV infection and effective therapeutic strategies remain unclear. Here, we focus on summarizing the complicated mechanisms of HBV replication and infection, as well as genomic factors and epigenetic regulation. Additionally, we discuss in vivo models of HBV, as well as diagnosis, prevention and therapeutic drugs for HBV. Together, the data in this 50-year review may provide new clues to elucidate molecular mechanisms of HBV pathogenesis and shed new light on the future HBV therapies.
    The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology 06/2013; · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report the first total synthesis of bolivanine in a 14-step pathway involving the synthesis of onoseriolide. Our synthesis features a palladium-catalyzed intramolecular cyclopropanation involving an allylic metalcarbene, and a Diels-Alder/intramolecular hetero-Diels-Alder (DA/IMHDA) cascade, making the single-step assembly of a tricycle system with proper stereochemistry. The synthetic efforts validate our modified biogenetic hypothesis and have allowed us to confirm the absolute configuration of bolivianine.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 05/2013; · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A variety of 1,3-oxathiolanes can be easily converted to the corresponding ketones in good yields with LTMP in THF. This deprotection methodology shows satisfactory chemoselectivity when other protecting groups, such as dimethylketal, 1,3-dioxolane, 1,3-dithiane, and other acid-sensitive groups, are present within the same substrates.
    Tetrahedron Letters 05/2013; 54(18):2217–2220. · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A series of novel chiral Lewis base catalysts were synthesized from l-serine and applied in the hydrosilylation of β-enamino esters, in which the optimal one promoted the reactions to afford a wide variety of β-amino esters in good yields with good enantioselectivities. It is noteworthy that several cyclic substrates were hydrosilylated under the optimal conditions to give the cyclic β-amino esters with high yields, good diastereoselectivities as well as good ee values.
    Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 04/2013; · 3.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: HBx is well-known to be a multifunctional protein encoded by HBV and its biological functions are mainly dependent on pleiotropic protein-protein interactions (PPIs); however, the global mapping of HBx-interactome has not been established so far. Thus, in this study, we have identified 127 HBx-interacting proteins by a profound GST pull-down assay coupled with mass spectrometry, and constructed a HBx-interactome network and core apoA-I pathways with a series of bioinformatics approaches. One of the identified HBx-binding partners is apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), which has a specific role in lipid and cholesterol metabolism. The HBx-apoA-I protein interaction was confirmed by both GST pull-down and co-immunoprecipitation. The ectopic overexpression of apoA-I can lead to a significant inhibition on HBV secretion concomitant with the reduction of cellular cholesterol level. In addition, HBV can modulate the function of apoA-I through HBx which might interact with the 44-189 residues of apoA-I and result in dysfunction of apoA-I such as decreased self-association ability, increased carbonyl level and impaired lipid-binding ability. Our results demonstrate an integrated physical association of HBx and host proteins, especially a novel interactor apoA-I that may influence the HBV secretion, which would shed new light on exploring the complicated mechanisms of HBV manipulation on host cellular functions. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: HBx is well-known to be a multifunctional protein encoded by HBV and its biological functions are mainly dependent on pleiotropic protein-protein interactions. Although a series of HBx-interacting proteins have been identified, a global characterization of HBx interactome has not been reported. In this study, we have identified a total of 127 HBx-interacting proteins by a profound GST pull-down assay coupled with mass spectrometry, and constructed a HBx-interactome network with a series of bioinformatics approaches. Our results demonstrate an integrated physical association of HBx and host proteins which may help us explore the complicated mechanisms of HBV manipulation on host cellular functions. In addition, we validated one of the identified HBx-binding partners, apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), which played a significant inhibitory effect on HBV secretion, indicating a crucial role of the HBx-apoA-I axis in HBV life cycle.
    Journal of proteomics 04/2013; · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Beclin-1 (the mammalian ortholog of yeast ATG6) has been well-characterized to play a pivotal role in autophagy that is a major catabolic pathway in which the cell degrades macromolecules and damaged organelles. Beclin-1 structure has been identified to contain three identifiable domains, including a short Bcl-2-homology-3 (BH3) motif, a central coiled-coil domain (CCD) and a C-terminal half encompassing the evolutionarily conserved domain (ECD). Recent data indicate that Beclin-1 may interact with some co-factors such as Class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3KCIII)/Vps34, Vps15, ATG14L/Barkor, UVRAG, Bif-1, Rubicon, Ambra1, HMGB1, Survivin, Akt and Bcl-2/Bcl-X(L) to positively or negatively orchestrate the Beclin-1 interactome, thereby co-regulating the autophagy process. Here, we summarize that Beclin-1 serves not only as a key autophagic regulator with its specific interactors, but as a potential therapeutic target in cancer.
    The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology 02/2013; · 4.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Curcuphenol is an interesting sesquiterpenoid with diverse bioactivities. Exploration of a concise and scalable synthetic route is still of significance in spite that many asymmetric total syntheses have been achieved. We report an expedient asymmetric synthesis of (R)-curcuphenol from citronellal, which features only two purification operations in the overall six-step synthesis.
    Chinese Journal of Chemistry 01/2013; 31(1). · 0.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An effective deprotection methodology of dioxolanes was developed, affording moderate to excellent yield via a LTMP-promoted reaction in THF, which displays admirable chemoselectivity in the presence of dimethylketal, 1,3-dioxane, 1,3-dithiane, or other acid-sensitive protective groups.
    Tetrahedron Letters 12/2012; 53(51):6972–6976. · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Less stable, but natural: The asymmetric total synthesis of leucosceptroid B has been accomplished in 19 steps. Thermodynamically, this natural product proved to be less stable than its C11 epimer, a synthetic intermediate. This synthesis features a high degree of flexibility, facilitating its application to the preparation of a broad range of other natural derivatives.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 12/2012; · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The method represents an alternative to the aldol reaction or the oxa-Michael reaction to form prochiral tertiary β-hydroxy ketone derivatives as important building blocks.
    ChemInform 12/2012; 43(49).
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    ABSTRACT: Chloranthalactones A, B, F, 9-hydroxy heterogorgiolide, and shizukanolide E are a family of natural lindenane-type sesquiterpenoids isolated mainly from chloranthaceae. A general synthetic strategy was accomplished by us for the racemic total syntheses of the five natural products. The key steps included substrate-controlled Matteson epoxidation of ketone and highly diastereoselective intramolecular Hodgson cyclopropanation to construct the challenging cis, trans-3/5/6 tricyclic skeleton, along with a methodology developed for the γ-alkylidenebutenolide ring formation.
    Tetrahedron. 11/2012; 68(47):9624–9637.
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    ABSTRACT: The regioselective hydroalkoxylation of homopropargyl tertiary ether catalyzed by Zeise’s dimer was realized. The desired products were obtained in 61–95% yield with good regioselectivity. This methodology represents a valuable alternative to the aldol reaction or the oxa-Michael reaction to form prochiral tertiary β-hydroxy ketones.
    Tetrahedron Letters 09/2012; 53(37):4955–4958. · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Autophagy, an evolutionarily conserved lysosomal degradation process, has drawn an increasing amount of attention in recent years for its role in a variety of human diseases, such as cancer. Notably, autophagy plays an important role in regulating several survival and death signaling pathways that determine cell fate in cancer. To date, substantial evidence has demonstrated that some key autophagic mediators, such as autophagy-related genes (ATGs), PI3K, mTOR, p53, and Beclin-1, may play crucial roles in modulating autophagic activity in cancer initiation and progression. Because autophagy-modulating agents such as rapamycin and chloroquine have already been used clinically to treat cancer, it is conceivable that targeting autophagic pathways may provide a new opportunity for discovery and development of more novel cancer therapeutics. With a deeper understanding of the regulatory mechanisms governing autophagy, we will have a better opportunity to facilitate the exploitation of autophagy as a target for therapeutic intervention in cancer. This review discusses the current status of targeting autophagic pathways as a potential cancer therapy.
    Chinese journal of cancer 07/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Hydrazides applied: A palladium-catalyzed direct C-H arylation of heteroarenes, with arylsulfonyl hydrazides as the arylating reagents, has been developed. The reaction is chemoselective, in that arylsulfonyl hydrazides containing halogen substituents can be employed without participation of the halogen substituent in the reaction. The method offers a straightforward approach to a variety of aryl-heteroaryl compounds.
    Chemistry 07/2012; 18(35):10830-3. · 5.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs (miRNAs), highly conserved, non-coding endogenous RNA and nearly ~22 nucleotides (nt) in length, are well-known to regulate several apoptotic pathways in cancer. In this study, we computationally constructed the initial human apoptotic PPI network by several online databases, and further integrated these high-throughput datasets into a Naïve Bayesian model to predict protein functional connections. Based on the modified apoptotic network, we identified several apoptotic hub proteins such as TP53, SRC, M3K3/5/8, cyclin-dependent kinase2/6, TNFR16/19, and TGF-β receptor 1/2. Subsequently, we identified some microRNAs that could target the aforementioned apoptotic hub proteins by using TargetScan, PicTar, and Diana-MicroH. In conclusion, these results demonstrate the PPI network-based identification of new connections amongst apoptotic pathways in cancer, which may shed new light on the intricate relationships between core apoptotic pathways and some targeted miRNAs in human cancers.
    Applied biochemistry and biotechnology 05/2012; 167(3):621-31. · 1.94 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

702 Citations
222.10 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2008–2014
    • Sichuan University
      • • College of Chemistry
      • • College of Life Sciences
      Hua-yang, Sichuan, China
  • 2010
    • Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology
      • Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry of Natural Substances
      Beijing, Beijing Shi, China