The Staudinger/aza-Wittig/Grignard Reaction as Key Step for the Concise Synthesis of 1-C-Alkyl-Iminoalditol Glycomimetics

Manuel Zoidl, A.G. Santana, Ana Torvisco Gomez, Aloysius Siriwardena, Stephen G Withers, Tanja Wrodnigg*

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The scope of a one-pot tandem approach for the synthesis of C-1 alkyl iminoalditol derivatives with a Staudinger/aza-Wittig/Grignard cascade has been evaluated. The reaction conditions have been optimized for two azidodeoxy aldose substrates and a range of Grignard reagents. The nature of both, substrate as well as nucleophile, was found to control the stereoselectivity of the alkyl addition to the cyclic iminium intermediate at position C-1. This approach enabled the synthesis of a collection of C-alkyl iminoalditols, which were biologically evaluated as inhibitors against a set of standard glycoside hydrolases. All compounds were found to exhibit highly selective inhibition of β-glucosidase activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-70
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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