Certain features of will be down for maintenance the evening of Friday August 18th starting at 8:00 pm CDT until Saturday August 19th at 12:01 pm CDT.   Please note that you still have telephone and email access to our local offices. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sulfonyl Chlorides and Sulfonamides

Aldrich ChemFiles 2007, 7.8, 11.

Aldrich ChemFiles 2007, 7.8, 11.

Sulfonyl chlorides are often chosen as building blocks in medicinal chemistry for their ability to easily react with heterocyclic amines to create complex sulfonamides. One such report details the use of cyclopropanesulfonyl chloride and cyclopentanesulfonyl chloride as building block in the synthesis of TNF-a converting enzyme (TACE) inhibitors (Scheme 1).1 The cyclopropyl variant exhibited good selectivity for TACE over MMP-2 and -13.

Scheme 1(640573)(656607)

Another recent communication describes the synthesis of human glucocorticoid receptor (hGR) ligands.2 This sulfonamide created from a-methyltryptamine and 2,4,5-trichlorobenzenesulfonyl chloride (Scheme 2) exhibited micromolar hGR potency. The sulfonamide moiety was also demonstrated to be crucial for effective hGR binding in the study.

Scheme 2(680125)

(2-Trimethylsilyl)ethanesulfonamide (SES-NH2) has proven effective at directly introducing a protected nitrogen-functionality into a molecule. One example is in the work of Bolm and Mancheño, who reported the use of SES-NH2 in the iron-catalyzed imination of sulfoxides to yield sulfoximines (Scheme 3).3

Scheme 3

Lamaty and co-workers have prepared a series of SES-protected b-aminoesters by using SES-NH2 in an aza-Baylis-Hillman reaction. These b-aminoesters were then further elaborated to provide a series of 2,3-disubstituted pyrroles through a ring-closing metathesis protocol (Scheme 4).4

Scheme 4

back to top




  1. Condon, J. S. et al. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2007, 17, 34.
  2. Marshall, D. R. et al. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2007, 17, 315.
  3. Mancheño, O. G.; Bolm, C. Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 2349.
  4. Declerck, V. et al. J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 8372.

back to top

Related Links