John Porco investigates chemical syntheses of complex molecules and synthesis of complex chemical libraries of novel structural types. John joined the Department of Chemistry at Boston University in 1999 after a successful career in industry and was rapidly promoted to Professor of Chemistry in September 2004.
Research in the Porco Group is focused in two major areas: the development of new synthetic methodologies for efficient chemical synthesis of complex molecules and synthesis of complex chemical libraries, the latter conducted at the Boston University Center for Molecular Discovery. Synthetic methodologies developed in the Porco Laboratory include copper (I)-mediated formation of enamides, oxa-electrocyclization/dimerization of dienals enroute to complex epoxyquinoids; enantioselective oxidative dearomatization using chiral copper complexes and molecular oxygen; photocycloaddition using oxidopyryliums enroute to the rocaglamides and related natural products, and catalytic ester-amide exchange using group (IV) metal alkoxide-activator complexes.
-Dearomatization Strategies in Complex Synthesis aim to utilize aromatic scaffolds as starting materials as precursors to complex natural products.
-Faculty Profile Scientific Image Porco 1Biomimetic Synthesis Approaches involve development of methodologies to test plausible biosyntheses of complex natural products and derivatives.
-New Reaction Discovery is done in conjunction with the BU-CMD and aims to discover transformations leading to novel chemotypes.
Techniques & Resources:
-Organic Synthesis techniques are used and include modern methods for synthesis, purification, and analysis of organic molecules
-Boston University Center for Molecular Discovery (BU-CMD) is an NIH-funded Center at Boston University which focuses on development of new methodologies for the synthesis of complex chemical libraries.
- Professor, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Boston University School of Medicine
- Harvard University, PhD
- College of the Holy Cross, DEng
- Yale University, MS
- College of the Holy Cross, BA
- Published on 2/20/2019
Qin XJ, Rauwolf TJ, Li PP, Liu H, McNeely J, Hua Y, Liu HY, Porco JA. Isolation and Synthesis of Novel Meroterpenoids from Rhodomyrtus tomentosa: Investigation of a Reactive Enetrione Intermediate. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2019 Mar 22; 58(13):4291-4296. PMID: 30681258.
- Published on 2/6/2019
Trilles R, Beglov D, Chen Q, He H, Wireman R, Reed A, Chennamadhavuni S, Panek JS, Brown LE, Vajda S, Porco JA, Kelley MR, Georgiadis MM. Discovery of Macrocyclic Inhibitors of Apurinic/Apyrimidinic Endonuclease 1. J Med Chem. 2019 Feb 28; 62(4):1971-1988. PMID: 30653918.
- Published on 1/24/2019
Whitesell L, Robbins N, Huang DS, McLellan CA, Shekhar-Guturja T, LeBlanc EV, Nation CS, Hui R, Hutchinson A, Collins C, Chatterjee S, Trilles R, Xie JL, Krysan DJ, Lindquist S, Porco JA, Tatu U, Brown LE, Pizarro J, Cowen LE. Structural basis for species-selective targeting of Hsp90 in a pathogenic fungus. Nat Commun. 2019 01 24; 10(1):402. PMID: 30679438.
- Published on 1/3/2019
Liu S, Hausmann S, Carlson SM, Fuentes ME, Francis JW, Pillai R, Lofgren SM, Hulea L, Tandoc K, Lu J, Li A, Nguyen ND, Caporicci M, Kim MP, Maitra A, Wang H, Wistuba II, Porco JA, Bassik MC, Elias JE, Song J, Topisirovic I, Van Rechem C, Mazur PK, Gozani O. METTL13 Methylation of eEF1A Increases Translational Output to Promote Tumorigenesis. Cell. 2019 Jan 24; 176(3):491-504.e21. PMID: 30612740.
- Published on 12/27/2018
Zhang W, Liu S, Maiga RI, Pelletier J, Brown LE, Wang TT, Porco JA. Chemical Synthesis Enables Structural Reengineering of Aglaroxin C Leading to Inhibition Bias for HCV Infection. J Am Chem Soc. 2018 Dec 27. PMID: 30590924.
- Published on 12/19/2018
Smith MJ, Reichl KD, Escobar RA, Heavey T, Coker DF, Schaus SE, Porco JA. Asymmetric Synthesis of Griffipavixanthone Employing a Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Cycloaddition. J Am Chem Soc. 2018 Dec 19. PMID: 30566336.
- Published on 12/5/2018
Kearney SE, Zahoránszky-Kohalmi G, Brimacombe KR, Henderson MJ, Lynch C, Zhao T, Wan KK, Itkin Z, Dillon C, Shen M, Cheff DM, Lee TD, Bougie D, Cheng K, Coussens NP, Dorjsuren D, Eastman RT, Huang R, Iannotti MJ, Karavadhi S, Klumpp-Thomas C, Roth JS, Sakamuru S, Sun W, Titus SA, Yasgar A, Zhang YQ, Zhao J, Andrade RB, Brown MK, Burns NZ, Cha JK, Mevers EE, Clardy J, Clement JA, Crooks PA, Cuny GD, Ganor J, Moreno J, Morrill LA, Picazo E, Susick RB, Garg NK, Goess BC, Grossman RB, Hughes CC, Johnston JN, Joullie MM, Kinghorn AD, Kingston DGI, Krische MJ, Kwon O, Maimone TJ, Majumdar S, Maloney KN, Mohamed E, Murphy BT, Nagorny P, Olson DE, Overman LE, Brown LE, Snyder JK, Porco JA, Rivas F, Ross SA, Sarpong R, Sharma I, Shaw JT, Xu Z, Shen B, Shi W, Stephenson CRJ, Verano AL, Tan DS, Tang Y, Taylor RE, Thomson RJ, Vosburg DA, Wu J, Wuest WM, Zakarian A, Zhang Y, Ren T, Zuo Z, Inglese J, Michael S, Simeonov A, Zheng W, Shinn P, Jadhav A, Boxer MB, Hall MD, Xia M, Guha R, Rohde JM. Canvass: A Crowd-Sourced, Natural-Product Screening Library for Exploring Biological Space. ACS Cent Sci. 2018 Dec 26; 4(12):1727-1741. PMID: 30648156.
- Published on 11/30/2018
Nalli AD, Brown LE, Thomas CL, Sayers TJ, Porco JA, Henrich CJ. Sensitization of renal carcinoma cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis by rocaglamide and analogs. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 30; 8(1):17519. PMID: 30504817.
- Published on 11/20/2018
Chennamadhavuni S, Panek JS, Porco JA, Brown LE. Diastereodivergent synthesis of chiral tetrahydropyrrolodiazepinediones via a one-pot intramolecular aza-Michael/lactamization sequence. J Org Chem. 2018 Nov 20. PMID: 30458107.
- Published on 9/1/2018
Yang X, Jounaidi Y, Dai JB, Marte-Oquendo F, Halpin ES, Brown LE, Trilles R, Xu W, Daigle R, Yu B, Schaus SE, Porco JA, Forman SA. High-throughput Screening in Larval Zebrafish Identifies Novel Potent Sedative-hypnotics. Anesthesiology. 2018 09; 129(3):459-476. PMID: 29894316.
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