Synthetic studies on pterin glycosides: the first synthesis of 2′-O-(α-d-glucopyranosyl)biopterin

Tadashi Hanaya, Hiroki Baba, Hiroki Toyota, Hiroshi Yamamoto

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l-Rhamnose was led, in a 14-step-sequence, to N2-(N,N-dimethylaminomethylene)-1′-O-(4-methoxybenzyl)-3-[2-(4-nitrophenyl)ethyl]biopterin (23), an appropriately protected precursor for 2′-O-glycosylation, while 4,6-di-O-acetyl-2,3-di-O-(4-methoxybenzyl)-α-d-glucopyranosyl bromide (32), a novel glycosyl donor, was efficiently prepared from d-glucose in 8 steps. The first synthesis of 2′-O-(α-d-glucopyranosyl)biopterin (2a) was achieved by treatment of the key intermediate 23 with 32 in the presence of silver triflate and tetramethylurea, followed by successive removal of the protecting groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7989-7997
Number of pages9
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - Sep 19 2009


  • Glycosylation
  • Protecting group
  • Pteridine
  • Pterin glycoside
  • Total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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