Transcriptional Induction of Cystathionine γ-Lyase, a Reactive Sulfur-Producing Enzyme, by Copper Diethyldithiocarbamate in Cultured Vascular Endothelial Cells

Tomoya Fujie, Akane Takahashi, Musubu Takahashi, Takato Hara, Asuka Soyama, Kosho Makino, Hideyo Takahashi, Chika Yamamoto, Yoshito Kumagai, *Hiroshi Naka, and *Toshiyuki Kaji

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21, 6053 (2020). (DOI:10.3390/ijms21176053)[PDF]


Tris(o-phenylenedioxy)cyclotriphosphazene as a Promoter for the Formation of Amide Bonds Between Aromatic Acids and Amines

Farzaneh Soleymani Movahed, Dinesh N. Sawant, Dattatraya B. Bagal, and *Susumu Saito

Synthesis 52, A–J (2020). (DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1707174) [PDF]


Ag(I)/TiO2-Photocatalyzed N-Methylation of Amino Acids with Methanol

Yuna Morioka, Ivven Huang, *Susumu Saito, and *Hiroshi Naka

ChemRxiv. Preprint (2020). (DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv.12588266.v1)


Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction Using a Robust Multifunctional Iridium Complex toward the Selective Formation of Formic Acid

Kenji Kamada, *Jieun Jung, Taku Wakabayashi, Keita Sekizawa, Shunsuke Sato, Takeshi Morikawa, Shunichi Fukuzumi, and *Susumu Saito

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 142, 10261–10266 (2020). (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c03097) [PDF]


Spatiotemporal Control of Amide Radicals During Photocatalysis

Shogo Mori, Takahiro Aoki, Kaliyamoorthy Selvam, Shunichi Fukuzumi, Jieun Jung, and *Susumu Saito

ChemRxiv. Preprint (2020).


Reaction of H2 with Mitochondria-Relevant Metabolites Using a Multifunctional Molecular Catalyst

Sota Nimura, Shota Yoshioka, Masayuki Naruto, and *Susumu Saito
ChemRxiv. Preprint (2020).


Recent Advances in Transfer Hydration of Nitriles with Amides or Aldoximes

*Hiroshi Naka and Asuka Naraoka

Tetrahedron Lett. 61, 151557 (2020). (Digest Paper) (DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2019.151557) [PDF]  [Free repository]


Catalytic Hydrogenation of N‐protected α‐Amino Acids Using Ruthenium Complexes with Monodentate Phosphine Ligands

Akari Saito, Shota Yoshioka, Masayuki Naruto, and *Susumu Saito

Adv. Synth. Catal., Early View (2020). (DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201901298) [PDF]


Transfer Hydration of Dinitriles to Dicarboxamides

Asuka Naraoka and *Hiroshi Naka
Synlett, 30, 1977–1980 (2019). (DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1690026)
(Invited Cluster 'Metathesis beyond Olefins')
[PDF] [Free repository]


Acceptor-Controlled Transfer Dehydration of Amides to Nitriles

Hiroyuki Okabe, Asuka Naraoka, Takahiro Isogawa, Shunsuke Oishi, and *Hiroshi Naka
Org. Lett. 21, 4767–4770 (2019). (DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.9b01657) [PDF]  [Free repository]


Photocatalytic Oxygenation Reactions with a Cobalt Porphyrin Complex Using Water as an Oxygen Source and Dioxygen as an Oxidant

Young Hyun Hong, Ji Won Han, Jieun Jung, Tatsuo Nakagawa, Yong-Min Lee, Wonwoo Nam, and Shunichi Fukuzumi

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 9155−9159 (2019). (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b02864) [PDF]


Photodriven Oxidation of Water by Plastoquinone Analogs with a Nonheme Iron Catalyst

Young Hyun Hong, Jieun Jung, Tatsuo Nakagawa, Namita Sharma, Yong-Min Lee, *Wonwoo Nam, and *Shunichi Fukuzumi

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 6748−6754 (2019). (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b02517)


Catalytic Transfer Hydration of Cyanohydrins to alpha-Hydroxyamides

Tomoya Kanda, Asuka Naraoka, and *Hiroshi Naka
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 825−830 (2019). (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b12877)
[PDF][Free repository]
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Pd-Catalyzed β-Selective C–H Arylation of Thiophenes with Triarylantimony Difluorides

Yuki Kitamura, Yuki Murata, Ayaka Oguri, Mio Matsumura, Naoki Kakusawa, *Hiroshi Naka, and *Shuji Yasuike

Asian J. Org. Chem. 8, 138−143 (2019).(DOI: 10.1002/ajoc.201800654) [PDF]


Pd/TiO2-Photocatalyzed Self-Condensation of Primary Amines to Afford Secondary Amines at Ambient Temperature

Lyu-Ming Wang, Kensuke Kobayashi, Mitsuhiro Arisawa, *Susumu Saito, and *Hiroshi Naka
Org. Lett., 21, 341–344 (2019). (DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.8b03271)

(highlighted in front cover) (highlighted in Synfacts)




Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carboxylic Acids Using Low-valent and High-valent Metal Complexes

Shota Yoshioka and *Susumu Saito

Chem. Commun. 54, 13319–13330 (2018). (Feature Article) (DOI: 10.1039/C8CC06543H) [PDF] (highlighted in front back cover)



Photocatalytic N-Methylation of Amines over Pd/TiO2 for the Functionalization of Heterocycles and Pharmaceutical Intermediates

Lyu-Ming Wang, Kellie Jenkinson, Andrew E. H. Wheatley, Keiko Kuwata, Susumu Saito, and *Hiroshi Naka

ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 6, 15419–15424 (2018). (DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03855) [PDF]


Copper(II) Bis(Diethyldithiocarbamate) Induces the Expression of Syndecan-4, a Transmembrane Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycan, via P38 MAPK Activation in Vascular Endothelial Cells

Takato Hara, Hiroko Tatsuishi, Tomomi Banno, Tomoya Fujie, Chika Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naka, and *Toshiyuki Kaji

Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19, 3302 (2018). (DOI: 10.3390/ijms19113302)


Long-Lived Photoexcited State of a Mn(IV)-Oxo Complex Binding Scandium Ions That is Capable of Hydroxylating Benzene

Namita Sharma, Jieun Jung, Kei Ohkubo, Yong-Min Lee, Mohamed E. El-Khouly, *Wonwoo Nam, and *Shunichi Fukuzumi

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 8405–8409 (2018). (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04904) [PDF]


Diboron-Catalyzed Dehydrative Amidation of Aromatic Carboxylic Acids with Amines

Dinesh N. Sawant, Dattatraya B. Bagal, Saeko Ogawa, Kaliyamoorthy Selvam, and *Susumu Saito

Org. Lett. 20, 4397−4400 (2018) (DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.8b01480)


N-Alkylation of Functionalized Amines with Alcohols Using a Copper-Gold Mixed Photocatalytic System

Lyu-Ming Wang, Yuna Morioka, Kellie Jenkinson, *Andrew E. H. Wheatley, *Susumu Saito, and *Hiroshi Naka

Sci. Rep. 8, 6931. (2018). (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-25293-z) [Free PDF]


Photocatalytic Hydrogenolysis of Allylic Alcohols for Rapid Access to Platform Chemicals and Fine Chemicals

Yuki Takada, Joaquim Caner, Hiroshi Naka, and *Susumu Saito

Pure Appl. Chem. 90, 167–174 (2018). (doi: (invited conference paper)


Thermal and Photocatalytic Oxidation of Organic Substrates by Dioxygen with Water as an Electron Source

*Shunichi Fukuzumi, *Yong-Min Lee, Jieun Jung, and *Wonwoo Nam

Green Chem. 20, 948–963 (2018). (DOI: 10.1039/c7gc03387g)


Converging and Integrating Our Knowledge to Sustain Humanity (editorial)

*Ryoji Noyori

Chem. Asian J. 13, 5–6 (2018).[PDF] (DOI: 10.1002/asia.201701604)



A Fluorinated Cobalt(III) Porphyrin Complex for Hydroalkoxylation of Alkynes

Richiro Ushimaru, Takuho Nishimura, Toshiki Iwatsuki, and *Hiroshi Naka

Chem. Pharm. Bull. 65, 1000–1003 (2017).[Free PDF]


Photocatalytic Transfer Hydrogenolysis of Allylic Alcohols on Pd/TiO2: A Shortcut to (S)-(+)-Lavandulol

Yuki Takada, Joaquim Caner, Selvam Kaliyamoorthy, Hiroshi Naka, and *Susumu Saito

Chem. Eur. J. 23, 18025–18032 (2017). (DOI: 10.1002/chem.201704099)


Copper Diethyldithiocarbamate as an Inhibitor of Tissue Plasminogen Activator Synthesis in Cultured Human Coronary Endothelial Cells

Tomoya Fujie, Shiori Okino, Eiko Yoshida, Chika Yamamoto, *Hiroshi Naka, and *Toshiyuki Kaji

J. Toxicol. Sci. 42, 553–558 (2017) (doi: 10.2131/jts.42.553).


Copper Diethyldithiocarbamate as an Inhibitor of Tissue Plasminogen Activator Synthesis in Cultured Human Coronary Endothelial Cells

Tomoya Fujie, Shiori Okino, Eiko Yoshida, Chika Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naka, and Toshiyuki Kaji

J. Toxicol. Sci. 42, 553–558 (2017) (doi: 10.2131/jts.42.553).


Photocatalytic Oxidation of Benzene to Phenol Using Dioxygen as an Oxygen Source and Water as an Electron Source in the Presence of a Cobalt Catalyst

Ji Won Han, Jieun Jung, Yong-Min Lee, *Wonwoo Nam, and *Shunichi Fukuzumi

Chem. Sci. 8, 7119–7125 (2017). (DOI: 10.1039/c7sc02495a)


Catalytic Transformation of Functionalized Carboxylic Acids Using Multifunctional Rhenium Complexes.

Masayuki Naruto, Santosh Agrawal, Katsuaki Toda, and Susumu Saito

Sci. Rep. 7, 3425 (2017). (doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03436-y)


Multifaceted Catalytic Hydrogenation of Amides via Diverse Activation of a Sterically Confined Bipyridine–Ruthenium Framework

T. Miura, M. Naruto, K. Toda, T. Shimomura, and S. Saito

Sci. Rep. 7, 1586 (2017), (DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01645-z)


A Versatile Synthesis of Triarylantimony Difluorides by Fluorination of Triarylstibanes with Nitrosyl Tetrafluoroborate and Their Antitumor Activity

Yuki Kitamura, Mio Matsumura, Yuki Murata, Mizuki Yamada, Naoki Kakusawa, Motohiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Okabe, Hiroshi Naka, Tohru Obata, and Shuji Yasuike

J. Fluorine Chem. in press (2017). (doi:


Dehydrogenation of Primary Aliphatic Alcohols by Au/TiO2 Photocatalysts

Masaki Shibata, Ryoko Nagata, Susumu Saito, and Hiroshi Naka

Chem. Lett. 46, 580–582 (2017). (doi: 10.1246/cl.161195) [◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]



Investigation of the Corey Bromolactamization with N-Functionalized Allylamines

Adrian Schulte, Simon Janich, Ernst-Ulrich Würthwein, Susumu Saito, and

Bernhard Wünsch

J. Heterocycl. Chem., Early view (2016).(doi: 10.1002/jhet.2493)


Stereoselective Synthesis of cis, cis-Configured Perhydroquinoxaline-5-carbonitrile from Cyclohex-2-en-1-ol

Adrian Schulte, Susumu Saito, and Bernhard Wünsch

J. Heterocycl. Chem., 53, 533–536 (2016). (doi: 10.1002/jhet.2322)


Synthesis of Morphan Derivatives with Additional Substituents in 8-Position.

Janine Stefaowitz, Dirk Schepmann, Constantin Daniliuc, Susumu Saito, and Bernhard Wünsch

Zeitschrift für Naturforschung B, 71, 1057–1069 (2016). (doi:10.1515/znb-2016-0129).


Versatile Ruthenium Complex “RuPCY” for Directed Catalytic Hydrogen Management in Organic Synthesis

Yuki Takada, Megumi Iida, Kazuki Iida, Takashi Miura, and Susumu Saito

J. Syn. Org. Chem. Jpn. (Invited English Account), 74, 1078–1088 (2016).


Selective Hydrogenation of Arenes to Cyclohexanes in Water Catalyzed by Chitin-Supported Ruthenium Nanoparticles

Yuna Morioka, Aki Matsuoka, Kellie Binder, Benjamin R. Knappett, Andrew E. H. Wheatley, and Hiroshi Naka
Catal. Sci. Technol. 6, 5801–5805 (2016) (doi: 10.1039/C6CY00899B).[◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


Copper Diethyldithiocarbamate as an Activator of Nrf2 in Cultured Vascular Endothelial Cells

Tomoya Fujie, Masaki Murakami, Eiko Yoshida, Tadashi Tachinami, Yasuhiro Shinkai, Yasuyuki Fujiwara, Chika Yamamoto, Yoshito Kumagai, Hiroshi Naka, and Toshiyuki Kaji

J. Bio. Inorg. Chem. 21, 263–273 (2016). (doi: :10.​1007/​s00775-016-1337-z)

[◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


Induction of Metallothionein Isoforms by Copper Diethyldithiocarbamate in Cultured Vascular Endothelial Cells

Tomoya  Fujie, Yukino  Segawa, Tomoki  Kimura, Yasuyuki  Fujiwara, Chika  Yamamoto, Masahiko  Satoh, Hiroshi Naka, and Toshiyuki Kaji

J. Toxicol. Sci. 41, 225–232 (2016). (doi: 10.2131/jts.41.225) [◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


Zinc Diethyldithiocarbamate as an Inducer of Metallothionein in Cultured Vascular Endothelial Cells

Tomoya Fujie, Yukino Segawa, Akane Uehara, Takehiro Nakamura, Tomoki Kimura, Eiko Yoshida, Chika Yamamoto, Masanobu Uchiyama, Hiroshi Naka, and Toshiyuki Kaji

J. Toxicol. Sci. 41, 217–224 (2016). (doi: 10.2131/jts.41.217) [◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


Development of an Axially Chiral sp3P/sp3NH/sp2N-Combined Linear Tridentate Ligand—fac-Selective Formation of Ru(II) Complexes and Application to Ketone Hydrogenation
Tomoya Yamamura, Satoshi Nakane, Yuko Nomura, Shinji Tanaka, and Masato Kitamura

Tetrahedron 72, 3781-3789 (2016). (doi:10.1016/j.tet.2016.02.007)



Cationic Mononuclear Ruthenium Carboxylates as Catalyst Prototypes for Self-induced Hydrogenation of Carboxylic Acids

Masayuki Naruto and Susumu Saito

Nat. Commun. 6, 8140 (2015). (doi: 10.1038/ncomms9140) [◀︎ Open Access]


N-Methylation of Amines with Methanol at Room Temperature

Vasily N. Tsarev, Yuna Morioka, Joaquim Caner, Qing Wang, Richiro Ushimaru, Akihiko Kudo, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito

Org. Lett. 17, 2530–2533 (2015). (doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01063)


Hydration of Nitriles to Amides by a Chitin- supported Ruthenium Catalyst

Aki Matsuoka, Takahiro Isogawa, Yuna Morioka, Benjamin R. Knappett, Andrew E. H. Wheatley, Susumu Saito, and Hiroshi Naka

RSC Adv. 5, 12152–12160 (2015). (doi:10.1039/C4RA15682J) [◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


Why p-Cymene? Conformational Effect in Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Aromatic Ketones with a η6-Arene/Ruthenium(II) Catalyst

Aki Matsuoka, Christian A. Sandoval, Masanobu Uchiyama, Ryoji Noyori, and Hiroshi Naka

Chem. Asian J. 10, 112–115 (2015). (doi: 10.1002/asia.201402979 ) [◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


One-Step Synthesis of Patterned Polymer Brushes by Photocatalytic Microcontact Printing
Friederike Kettling, Benjamin Vonhören, Jennifer A. Krings, Susumu Saito, and Bart Jan Ravoo
Chem. Commun. 51, 1027-1030 (2015). (doi: 10.1039/C4CC08646E)


Mechanism of Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Aromatic Ketones Catalyzed by a Combined System of Ru(π-CH2C(CH3)CH2)2(cod) and the Chiral sp2N/sp3NH Hybrid Linear N4 Ligand Ph-BINAN-H-Py
Hiroshi Nakatsuka, Tomoya Yamamura, Yoshihiro Shuto, Shinji Tanaka, Masahiro Yoshimura, and Masato Kitamura
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 8138–8149 (2015). (doi: 10.1021/jacs.5b02350)


Asymmetric NaBH4 1,4-Reduction of C3-Disubstituted 2-Propenoates Catalyzed by a Diamidine Cobalt Complex
Yoshihiro Shuto, Tomoya Yamamura, Shinji Tanaka, Masahiro Yoshimura, and Masato Kitamura

ChemCatChem 7, 1547–1550 (2015). (doi: 10.1002/cctc.201500260)



Synthesis of Propylene from Renewable Allyl Alcohol by Photocatalytic Transfer Hydrogenolysis

Joaquim Caner, Zijun Liu, Yuki Takada, Akihiko Kudo, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito

Catal. Sci. Technol. 4, 4093–4098 (2014). (doi: 10.1039/C4CY00329B)


Activation of Cellular Defense Mechanism by Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Molecules

Tomoya Fujie, Hiroshi Naka, Chika Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Shinkai, Yoshito Kumagai, and Toshiyuki Kaji

Yakugaku Zasshi 134, 813−815 (2014). (doi: 10.1248/yakushi.14-00017-8)

[◀︎ Open Access] [Free PDF]


Catalytic Fluoride Triggers Dehydrative Oxazolidinone Synthesis from CO2

Yuki Takada, Siong Wan Foo, Yusuke Yamazaki, and Susumu Saito

RSC Adv. 4, 50851-50857 (2014). (doi: 10.1039/C4RA09609F)


Stereoselective Synthesis of cis,cis-Configured Vicinal Triamines

Adrian Schulte, Susumu Saito,and Bernhard Wünsch

Eur. J. Org. Chem., 26, 5749–5756 (2014). (doiI:10.1002/ejoc.201402685)


Bromolactamization: Key Step in the Stereoselective Synthesis of

Enantiomerically Pure, cis-Configured Perhydropyrroloquinoxalines

Adrian Schulte, XINGCI SITU,Susumu Saito, and Bernhard Wünsch

Chirality, 793–800 (2014). (doi:  10.1002/chir.22350)



Hydration of Terminal Alkynes Catalyzed by Water-Soluble Cobalt Porphyrin Complexes

Tadashi Tachinami, Takuho Nishimura, Richiro Ushimaru, Ryoji Noyori, and Hiroshi Naka 
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 50−53 (2013). (
doi: 10.1021/ja310282t)


Redox-Selective Generation of Aldehydes and H2 from Alcohols under Visible Light

Zijun Liu, Joaquim Caner, Akihiko Kudo, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito

Chem. Eur. J. 19, 9452–9456 (2013). (doi: 10.1002/chem.201301347) Highlighted in Synfacts


Acetals of N,N-Dimethylformamides: Ambiphilic Behavior in Converting Carbon Dioxide to Dialkyl Carbonates

Yuki Takada, Aki Matsuoka, Ya Du, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito

Chem. Lett., 42, 146–147 (2013). (doi: 10.1246/cl.2013.146)


Ethical Conduct in Chemical Research and Publishing

Ryoji Noyori and Joe P. Richmond

Adv. Synth. Catal., 355, 3–9 (2013). (doi: 10.1002/adsc.201201128)



Facts are the Enemy of Truth—Reflections on Serendipitous Discovery and Unforeseen Developments in Asymmetric Catalysis

Ryoji Noyori

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52, 79–92 (2013). (doi: 10.1002/anie.201205537)

Dehydrative synthesis of chiral oxazolidinones catalyzed by alkali metal carbonates under low pressure of CO2

Siong Wan Foo, Yuki Takada,Yusuke Yamazaki, and Susumu Saito

Tetrahedron Lett., 54. 4717–4720 (2013). (doi: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2013.06.100)


Catalytic Hydrogenation of Unactivated Amides Enabled by Hydrogenation of Catalyst Precursor

Takashi Miura, Ingmar E. Held, Shunsuke Oishi, Masayuki Naruto, and Susumu Saito
Tetrahedron. Lett. 54, 2674–2678 (2013) DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2013.03.047

The Dual Role of Ruthenium and Alkali Base Catalysts in Enabling a Conceptually New Shortcut to N-Unsubstituted Pyrroles through Unmasked ɑ-Amino Aldehydes

Kazuki Iida, Takashi Miura, Junki Ando, and Susumu Saito
Org. Lett. 15, 1436–1439 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/ol4001262

Reaction of an “Invisible” Frustrated N/B Lewis Pair with Dihydrogen

Sina Schwendemann, Shunsuke Oishi, Susumu Saito, Roland Fröhlich, Gerald Kehr, and Gerhard Erker
Chem Asian J., 8, 212–217 (2013). (doi: 10.1002/asia.201200776)


Asymmetric Hydrogenation of tert-Alkyl Ketones: DMSO Effect in Unification of Stereoisomeric Ruthenium Complexes

Tomoya Yamamura, Hiroshi Nakatsuka, Shinji Tanaka, and Masato Kitamura

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 52, 9313-9315 (2013). (doi: 10.1002/anie.201304408)


CpRu-catalyzed Asymmetric Dehydrative Allylation

Masato Kitamura, Kengo Miyata, Tomoaki Seki, Namdev Vatmurge, and Shinji Tanaka

Pure. Appl. Chem. 56, 1121-1132 (2013).(doi: 10.1351/PAC-CON-12-10-02)


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