Very short and efficient syntheses of the spermine alkaloid kukoamine A and analogs using isolable succinimidyl cinnamates

Thomas Garnelis, Constantinos M. Athanassopoulos, Dionissios Papaioannou (Lead / Corresponding author), Ian M. Eggleston, Alan H. Fairlamb

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    Abstract

    Direct selective acylation of the primary amino functions of spermine and spermidine with a variety of isolable succinimidyl cinnamates, followed by catalytic hydrogenation, gave high yields of the spermine alkaloid kukoamine A and analogs suitable for structure-activity relationship studies. Suitable succinimidyl cinnamates were readily obtained through Wittig reaction of aromatic aldehydes with the ylides Ph3P=CRCO2Me, followed by saponification and activation with N-hydroxysuccinimide in the presence of N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)264-265
    Number of pages2
    JournalChemistry Letters
    Volume34
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2005

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