Synthesis of a tetrasubstituted tetrahydronaphthalene scaffold for α-helix mimicry via a MgBr2-catalyzed Friedel-Crafts epoxide cycloalkylation.

Abstract

α-Helices are ubiquitous protein recognition elements that bind diverse biomolecular targets. The synthesis of a small molecule scaffold to present the side chains of an α-helix is described. The 1,3,5,7-tetrasubstituted 1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene scaffold, providing mimicry of the i, i+3, and i+4 positions of an α-helix, was synthesized using a novel MgBr2-catalyzed Friedel-Crafts epoxide cycloalkylation as the key step. Each position may be differentiated via O-alkylation after scaffold synthesis, generating a diversity-oriented approach to readily synthesize proteomimetics for different targets.

DOI: 10.1021/ol402334j

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@article{Naduthambi2013SynthesisOA, title={Synthesis of a tetrasubstituted tetrahydronaphthalene scaffold for α-helix mimicry via a MgBr2-catalyzed Friedel-Crafts epoxide cycloalkylation.}, author={Devan Naduthambi and Santosh Bhor and Michael Elbaum and Neal J Zondlo}, journal={Organic letters}, year={2013}, volume={15 18}, pages={4892-5} }