Synlett 2015; 26(18): 2553-2556
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1381048
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An Efficient Synthesis of Enantiopure (2R,3R)-β-Methoxytyrosine

Shi-Ming Fan
a  Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Yanbian University, 977 Gongyuan Road, Yanji 133002, P. R. of China   Email: [email protected]
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Xia Tian
b  State Key Laboratory Breeding Base-Hebei Province Laboratory of Molecular Chemistry for Drug, Hebei University of Science & Technology, 70 Yuhua Road, Shijiazhuang 050018, P. R. of China   Email: [email protected]
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Yi-Hua Yang
b  State Key Laboratory Breeding Base-Hebei Province Laboratory of Molecular Chemistry for Drug, Hebei University of Science & Technology, 70 Yuhua Road, Shijiazhuang 050018, P. R. of China   Email: [email protected]
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Long yi Jin*
a  Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Yanbian University, 977 Gongyuan Road, Yanji 133002, P. R. of China   Email: [email protected]
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Shou-xin Liu*
a  Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Yanbian University, 977 Gongyuan Road, Yanji 133002, P. R. of China   Email: [email protected]
b  State Key Laboratory Breeding Base-Hebei Province Laboratory of Molecular Chemistry for Drug, Hebei University of Science & Technology, 70 Yuhua Road, Shijiazhuang 050018, P. R. of China   Email: [email protected]
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Publication History

Received: 18 May 2015

Accepted after revision: 21 June 2015

Publication Date:
01 September 2015 (online)


Abstract

Enantiopure (2R,3R)-β-methoxytyrosine was stereoselectively synthesized from ethyl 3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-3-oxopropanoate protected by 2-methoxyethoxymethyl (MEM) (ee >98%). l-Aminoacylase-catalyzed resolution of the corresponding erythro-N-acetyl derivatives afforded (2S,3S)-(4-MEM)-β-methoxytyrosine (ee >99%). The conversion increased to 98% by optimizing the synthesis to yield enantiopure N-acetyl-(2R,3R)-(4-MEM)-methoxytyrosine. N-Acyl cleavage was accomplished under mild conditions.

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  • 18 Aminoacylase Resolution: A solution of 4 (3.7 g, 10 mmol) in a mixture of EtOH (36 mL) and 1 N NaOH (10.0 mL) was stirred for 1.5 h at 0 °C. This was then concentrated under reduced pressure to 3 mL. Deionized H2O (84 mL) and 0.05 M CoCl2 (1.7 mL) were then added to the residue, and the pH of the solution was adjusted to 7.5 with 1 N HCl. The mixture was stirred at 40 °C. The l-aminoacylase (40 mg) was added three times at 12 h intervals to this magnetically stirred solution. The pH was maintained at 7.5 with 0.1 N NaOH, and the mixture was concentrated under reduced pressure to 10 mL. The residue was cooled to 0 °C and acidified with cold concentrated HCl to pH 1. It was then extracted with EtOAc (3 × 50 mL), and these extracts were washed with 2% HCl (2 × 30 mL), dried over anhyd Na2SO4, and concentrated to yield N-acetyl enantiomer 7 (1.5 g, 88%). The aqueous layer was adjusted to pH 6.5 with 4.0 N NaOH and concentrated until the volume reached 5 mL. The precipitated crystals were collected on a filter, washed with a small amount of H2O, and dried to give a tan solid 6 (1.06 g, 71%).