Selective arylthiolane deprotection by singlet oxygen: a promising tool for sensors and prodrugs.

A routine thioketal protecting group reacts rapidly and selectively with singlet oxygen to reveal ketone products in good (aryl 1,3-dithiolane) to excellent (aryl 1,3-oxathiolane) yields. Arylthiolanes are stable to biologically relevant reactive oxygen species and can be used as a light-activated gating mechanism for activating fluorescent sensors or small… CONTINUE READING