Syntheses of Combretastatin A‐4 and related stilbenes by using aqueous conditions

Barnes, NG, Ahmed Mal Ullah, AA, Ragazzon, PA, Charafi, N and Hadfield, JA ORCID: 2021, 'Syntheses of Combretastatin A‐4 and related stilbenes by using aqueous conditions' , ChemistrySelect, 6 (28) , pp. 7082-7086.

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Combretastatin A‐4 (CA4) is a potent anti‐mitotic and vascular disrupting agent. Organic chemists have been working to optimize the synthesis of CA4 for the past 3 decades, with methods requiring hazardous solvents and harsh reaction conditions. Here, we report the synthesis of CA4 and a variety of stilbenes in an aqueous Wittig system. Potassium carbonate or lithium hydroxide were used as base in this Wittig reaction to give excellent yields of mixtures of E‐ and Z‐stilbenes. The synthesis of CA4 was achieved using tetrahydropyran (THP) or silyl protected phenolic aldehydes. The THP groups were removed using dilute acid whilst the silyl groups fortuitously fell off during work up.

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Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: ChemistrySelect
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 2365-6549
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Kidscan Children's Cancer Research, UK
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 07:58
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 07:25

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