The putative reductive activation chemistry of the diazoparaquinone antibiotics was modeled with Bu3Sn-H and prekinamycin dimethyl ether along with prekinamycin itself. Reaction in various combinations of aromatic solvents, with and without the nucleophile benzylmercaptan present, led to isolation of both radical-trapping arene adducts and nucleophilic capture benzyl thioether products. On the basis of these product distribution studies, the intermediacies of, first, a cyclopentenyl radical and, next, an orthoquinonemethide electrophile are postulated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry