Preparation of polyfunctional aryl azides from aryl triazenes. A new synthesis of ellipticine, 9-methoxyellipticine, isoellipticine, and 7-carbethoxyisoellipticine

Ching Yuan Liu, Paul Knochel

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Abstract

(Chemical Equation Presented) The preparation of polyfunctional aryl azides by the reaction of aryl triazenes with NaN3 in the presence of KHSO4 or BF3·OEt2/TFA (trifluoroacetic acid) has been described. A variety of functional groups (halides, esters, ketones, nitriles, aldehydes, and boronic esters) are tolerated under the Lewis acidic conditions. By using this methodology, the potent antitumor agents, ellipticine and 9-methoxyellipticine, have been synthesized. In addition, isoellipticine and a related derivative, 7-carbethoxyisoellipticine, were also prepared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7106-7115
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Volume72
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2007

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