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The Journal of organic chemistry

Synthesis of the aminocyclitol units of (-)-hygromycin A and methoxyhygromycin from myo-inositol.


PMID 22663090

Abstract

Concise and efficient syntheses of the aminocyclitol cores of hygromycin A (HMA) and methoxyhygromycin (MHM) have been achieved starting from readily available myo-inositol. Reductive cleavage of myo-inositol orthoformate to the corresponding 1,3-acetal, stereospecific introduction of the amino group via the azide, and resolution of a racemic cyclitol derivative as its diastereomeric mandelate esters are the key steps in the synthesis. Synthesis of the aminocyclitol core of hygromycin A involved chromatography in half of the total number of steps, and the aminocyclitol core of methoxyhygromycin involved only one chromatography.