Regioselectivity in the anodic electrochemical oxidation of cholic acid with different anodes is described. The oxidation with PbO(2) anode affords the dehydrocholic acid in quantitative yield after 22 h. 3alpha,12alpha-Dihydroxy-7-oxo-5beta-cholan-24-oic acid (59%) and 3alpha-hydroxy-7,12-dioxo-5beta-cholan-24-oic acid (51%) are obtained stopping the reaction at lower time. The rate of the OH-oxidation is C7 > C12 > C3. The electro-oxidation with platinum foil anode gives selectively the 7-ketocholic acid in 40% yield. On the other hand, the graphite plate anode, varying the reaction conditions, produces selectively the dehydrocholic acid in quantitative yield or the 3alpha,12alpha-dihydroxy-7-oxo-5beta-cholan-24-oic acid (96%) while the 3alpha,7alpha-dihydroxy-12-oxo-5beta-cholan-24-oic acid (34%) is obtained together with the other oxo acids.
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