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Org Lett. 2007 Mar 29;9(7):1411-4. Epub 2007 Mar 9.

The first 5,6-dihydroxyindole tetramer by oxidation of 5,5',6,6'-tetrahydroxy- 2,4'-biindolyl and an unexpected issue of positional reactivity en route to eumelanin-related polymers.

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  • 1Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Naples Federico II, Via Cinthia, I-80126 Naples, Italy.


[structure: see text]. The first tetramer of the eumelanin precursor 5,6-dihydroxyindole has been obtained, as the acetyl derivative, by peroxidase/H2O2-induced oxidative coupling of 5,5',6,6'-tetrahydroxy-2,4'-biindolyl (2) in the presence of Zn2+ ions. The tetramer, 5,5',5'',5''',6,6',6'',6'''-octaacetoxy-2,4':2',3'':2'',4'''-tetraindolyl (acetylated 7), incorporates an unprecedented 2,3'-biindolyl substructure suggestive of a different positional reactivity of the 5,6-dihydroxyindole system when framed into a dimeric scaffold.

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