A highly abbreviated synthesis of dibenzo[def,p]chrysene and its 12-methoxy derivative, a key precursor for the synthesis of the proximate and ultimate carcinogens of dibenzo[def,p]chrysene

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Abstract

Dibenzo[def,p]chrysene (DBC) (1), is by far the most mutagenic and toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon identified. Its metabolic activation leads to trans-11,12-dihydroxy-11,12-dihydro-DBC (2), which is further metabolized to the ultimate metabolite, anti-trans-11,12-dihydroxy-13,14-epoxy-11,12,13,14-tetrahydro-DBC (3), that binds to DNA causing mutations and ultimately tumor induction. We report a facile route for the syntheses of DBC (1) and its 12-methoxy derivative (12-methoxy-DBC) (13), a key intermediate for the synthesis of 2 and 3, using a Suzuki cross-coupling approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3979-3982
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Volume69
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - May 28 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry

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