Deoxyiminoalditols from Aldonic Acids - VI. - Preparation of the Four Stereoisomeric 4-Amino-3-hydroxypyrrolidines from Bromodeoxytetronic Acids. Discovery of a New alfa-Mannosidase Inhibitor.

Inge Lundt, Gerrit Limberg, John Zavilla

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    A convenient four step synthesis of amino hydroxy pyrrolidines is presented. From the readily available D- and L-tetronic acids the four possible stereoisomeric 4-amino-3-hydroxy pyrrolidines 14, 15, 17 and 19 could be accessed as crystalline compounds, avoiding any chromatographic purification. The key step in the reactions was the regioselective formation of either the 2,4-diamino-2,4-dideoxy-D-threono-1,4-lactam (5) or the 3,4-diamino-3,4-dideoxy-L-erythrono-1,4-lactam (10) by treatment of the methyl 4-bromo-4-deoxy-2,3-cis- 3 or 2,3-trans- 9 epoxy tetronates, respectively, with liquid ammonia. Thus, opposite regioselectivity for opening of the cis-configurated epoxide 3 (4 : 1, C-2 : C-3) and the trans-configurated epoxide 9 (3 : 7, C-2 : C-3) by ammonia was observed. - Initial testing as glycosidase inhibitors of the amino hydroxy pyrrolidines formed by reduction of the lactams showed an inhibition of alfa-mannosidase (Ki 40 uM) by isomer 14, (3R, 4S)-4-amino-3-hydroxypyrrolidine
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)178-183
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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