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Allylic oxidation of steroidal olefins by vanadyl acetylacetonate and tert-butyl hydroperoxide.


PMID 26091580

Abstract

Readily available vanadyl acetylacetonate was found to oxidize the allylic sites of Δ(5) steroidal alcohols without protection of hydroxyl groups. Cholesterol, dehydroepiandrosterone, cholesterol benzoate, cholesterol acetate, pregnenolone, and 5-pregnen-3,20-diene were oxidized to 7-keto products using vanadyl acetylacetonate in one pot reactions at room temperature in the presence of oxygen and water.