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Synthesis of the marine epoxy sterol 9 alpha,11 alpha-epoxy-5 alpha-cholest-7-ene-3 beta,5,6 beta-triol.

The synthesis of 9 alpha,11 alpha-epoxy-5 alpha-cholest-7-ene-3 beta,5,6 beta-triol (1), a highly oxygenated marine sterol containing a 9,11-epoxide moiety in the nucleus, is described. Epoxy sterol 1 was synthesized from cholesta-5,7-dien-3 beta-ol. Oxidation of this sterol with m-chloroperbenzoic acid followed by hydrolysis and acetylation furnished 5 alpha-cholest-7-ene-3 beta,5,6 alpha-triol 3,6-diacetate (2). Mercuric acetate dehydrogenation of diacetate 2, followed by oxidation with manganese dioxide and epoxidation with m-chloroper-benzoic acid, afforded 9 alpha,11 alpha-epoxy-3 beta,5-dihydroxy-5 alpha-cholest-7-en-6-one (5). Reduction of 5 with lithium aluminum hydride gave the desired compound 1. The structures of all synthetic intermediates were confirmed by 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. A reassignment of resonances for carbons 1, 8, and 15 in the 13C NMR spectrum of 1, based on 2D-NMR correlation spectroscopy, has been accomplished.[1]


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