Synthesis of 1- and 1,2,2′-Deuteriated Deoxyribose and Incorporation into Deoxyribonucleosides

Richard P. Hodge, Charles K. Brush, Constance M. Harris, Thomas M. Harris

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Thymidine, deoxycytidine, deoxyadenosine, and deoxyguanosine have been prepared with deuterium substitution at position 1′ and at positions 1′, 2′, and 2″ from deuteriated deoxyribose. The synthetic strategy involved reduction of the bis(tert-butyldimethylsilyl) derivative 4a of 2-deoxyribonolactone (3a) with Dibal-D followed by deprotection (HCl/MeOH and tetrabutylammonium fluoride) to give 1-deuterio methyl glycoside 7a which was converted to the 1-deuterio 3,5-ditoluoyl methyl glycoside 8a. Preliminary exchange of 2-deoxyribonolactone with NaOMe/MeOD brought about 2,2′-dideuteriation; treatment as above gave the 1,2,2′-trideuterio 3,5-ditoluoyl methyl glycoside 8b. 8a and 8b were condensed with heterocyclic bases via α-chloro derivatives 9a and 9b to form deoxynucleosides. New methods were utilized for preparation of deoxycytidine and deoxyguanosine which are improvements over published procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1553-1564
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 1 1991
Externally publishedYes

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  • Organic Chemistry


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