The synthesis of bioactive indolocarbazoles related to K-252a

D Moffat, CJ Nichols, DA Riley, Nigel Simpkins

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A range of functionalised indolocarbazoles, related to the natural product K-252a, have been prepared, starting from a readily available bridged cyclopentene. Sequences of transformations, involving initial hydroboration-oxidation to give a ketone, or by dihydroxylation and cyclic sulfate formation, enable the preparation of diverse indolocarbazole products. Issues of imide nitrogen protection for the indolocarbazole, and opportunities for asymmetric desymmetrisation of key intermediates were also explored. A novel chiral lithium amide base mediated transformation of a cyclic sulfate intermediate gave the anticipated ketone product in up to 87% ee. A number of compounds, in the form of unprotected imide substituted indolocarbazoles, were screened for biological activity and were found to be potent inhibitors of a number of kinase enzymes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2953-2975
Number of pages23
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


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