Efficient conversion of tomatidine into neuritogenic pregnane derivative.

Moderate acetylation of tomatidine with anhydrous acetic acid and pyridine for 20 h at r.t., followed by pseudomerization in ice-water, gave a delta(20(22))-pseudo compound, which was then subjected to ozonolysis to provide a pregnane derivative in a total 54% yield showing neuritogenic and NGF-enhancing activities.