(-)-dioxosantadienic acid: Hydrogenbonding patterns in a bicyclic sesquiterpenoid keto acid and its monohydrate

A. P.J. Brunskill, R. A. Lalancette, H. W. Thompson

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The anhydrous form, (I), of the title compound, (-)-2-(1,2,3,4,4a,7-hexahydro-4a,8-dimethyl-1,7-dioxo-2-naphthyl) -propionic acid, C15H18O4, derived from a naturally occurring sesquiterpenoid, has two molecules in the asymmetric unit, (I) and (I′), differing in the conformations of the saturated ring and the carboxyl group. The compound aggregates as carboxyl-to-ketone hydrogen-bonding catemers [O···O = 2.776 (3) and 2.775 (3) Å]. Two crystallographically independent sets of single-strand hydrogen-bonding helices with opposite end-to-end orientation pass through the cell in the b direction, one consisting exclusively of molecules of (I) and the other entirely of (I′). Three C-H···O=C close contacts are found in (I). The monohydrate, C15H18O4·H2O, (II), with two molecules of (I) plus two water molecules in its asymmetric unit, forms a complex three-dimensional hydrogen-bonding network including acid-to-water, water-to-acid, water-to-ketone, water-to-water and acid-to-acid hydrogen bonds, plus three C-H···O=C close contacts. In both (I) and (II), only the ketone remote from the acid is involved in hydrogen bonding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1078
Number of pages4
JournalActa Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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