Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Formaldehyde-O-oxide and Colchicine: An Elegant Route to the AllocolchicinesTropone is a structural unit of numerous natural products i.e. imerubrine, harringtonolide and colchicine (2). It is of interest to study the selectivity of formaldehyde-O-oxide (1) with respect to these polyfunctional tropone derivatives. We report about the reactions of 1 with colchicine (2) and the colchicine derivatives 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20 under ozone free conditions. The fragmentation of the spiroozonides 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 via the activated complexes 3a, 6a, 9a, 12a, 15a, 18a, 21a opens up an elegant route to the allocolchicines 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19.
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