A three step sequence (Scheme I) starting with racemic 3,4-epoxycyclohexene (5) and (S)-α-methylbenzylamine gave 3S,4S-N-carbomethoxy-3-aminocydohexen-4-ol (10) with chromatographic removal of the undesired 3R,4R byproduct. The absolute configuration of 10 was established by x-ray crystallographic analysis of its precursor, 6 (as the HCl salt). Resolved 10 was converted to the aminocyditols (-)-fortamine (1) and (+)-2-deoxyfortamine (2) by efficient routes which parallel those previously developed in the racemic series.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry