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Title: The synthesis of potential antitumour compounds
Author: Peden, Allison
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1990
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The work carried out in this thesis concerned the synthesis of the fungal metabolite, duclauxin, and other potential antitumour compounds. The synthetic approach to duclauxin was to synthesise a pyrano [1,8-c]naphthalen-1(3H)-one derivative and then dimerise it to a derivative of duclauxin. The key step in the synthesis was treatment of the ethylene acetal of acetoacetyl chloride with the anion of methyl 3,5-dimethoxyphenylacetate to give the 5-ethylene acetal of methyl 2-(3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-3,5-dioxohexanoate. Treatment of this acetal with acid gave methyl 2-hydroxy-5,7-dimethoxy-4-methyl naphthalene-1-carboxylate as the only product. This naphthalene was methylated to give methyl 2,5,7-trimethoxy-4-methyl naphthalene-1-carboxylate which when treated with methoxyacetyl chloride and tin(IV)chloride gave the desired lactone, 4,6,9-trimethoxy-7-methyl pyrano[1,8-c]naphthalen-1(3H)-one. Boron tribromide and aluminium chloride were used to cleave one of the methoxy ethers in this lactone. A series of potential antitumour, phosphorus heterocycles were prepared. Their activities will be tested and compared. The most important step in their synthesis was treatment of the appropriate ester with the anion of ethyl phosphonic acid bis(dimethylamide) and then treating this beta-ketophosphonamide with boron tribromide to give the corresponding cyclic phosphonate. The synthesis of the fungal metabolite, differanisole A, another potential antitumour compound, was completed. The main difficulty in this synthesis was the first step which was to cleave the ethyl ester group of ethyl 3,5-dichloro-2- hydroxy-4-methoxy-6-propylbenzoate.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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