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An approach to the total synthesis of sinefungin.

Condensation of N6-benzoyl-2',3'-O-isopropylideneadenosine-5'-aldehyde with nitromethane followed by acid catalyzed acetylation and borohydride reduction leads to N6-benzoyl-9-(5,6-dideoxy-2,3-O-isopropylidene-6-nitro-beta-D-ribo-hexofuranosyl)adenine (4). A second nitroaldol condensation between 4 and N-benzyloxycarbonly-L-aspartic acid-beta-semialdehyde alpha-benzyl ester (5) followed by acetylation and borohydride reduction leads to a fully protected 6'-nitro modification of sinefungin and its C6'-epimer (7). Hydrolysis of the acetonide followed by sequential reduction of the benzyl derived protecting groups and the nitro group and debenzoylation leads to a modest yield of a 3:1 mixture of sinefungin (1) and 6'-episinefungin which can only be separated by analytical ion exchange chromatography.[1]


  1. An approach to the total synthesis of sinefungin. Mock, G.A., Moffatt, J.G. Nucleic Acids Res. (1982) [Pubmed]
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