Synthesis and antiproliferative activity of A-ring aromatised and conduritol-like steroidal compounds
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A simple approach to aromatization of steroidal quinols and epoxyquinols using a catalytic amount of TMSOTf is reported. Beside acetylation of the angular OH, the acid-catalyzed (TfOH) dienone-phenol rearrangement occurred affording "para" products, or in the case of blocked position 4, the acetoxy group 1,2-migration leads to the formation of "meta" products. Using epoxyquinol derivative as a substrate, the acetoxy group elimination was observed, followed by acid-catalyzed epoxy-ring opening and subsequent double bond migration, giving as a final product Delta(9,11) A-ring aromatized compounds. Synthesis of conduritol-like compounds and structure confirmation by X-ray crystallography of the precursor of steroidal conduritol is also described. In addition, the results of extensive antiproliferative screening against a panel of 60 cancer cell lines are presented. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords:aromatization / conduritol / rearrangement / anticancer activity
Source:Steroids, 2005, 70, 14, 922-932
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