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J Org Chem. 2008 Mar 21;73(6):2302-10. doi: 10.1021/jo702551t. Epub 2008 Feb 16.

Suzuki-Miyaura approach to JNJ-26076713, an orally active tetrahydroquinoline-containing alphaVbeta3/alphaVbeta5 integrin antagonist. enantioselective synthesis and stereochemical studies.

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  • 1Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, Welsh & McKean Roads, Spring House, Pennsylvania 19477-0776, USA.


An improved scale-up synthesis was required for the alpha(V)beta(3)/alpha(V)beta(5) integrin antagonist 1, which had demonstrated oral efficacy in eye disease models of angiogenesis and vascular permeability. A stereodefined, quinoline-substituted, unsaturated ester was conveniently prepared by a Suzuki-Miyaura coupling to facilitate exploration of multiple methods of asymmetric reduction. The catalytic chiral hydrogenation of the corresponding unsaturated acid (Z-5b) with a ruthenium-based metal precursor and the (R)-XylPhanePhos ligand proved particularly efficient and economical. The resulting (3S)-quinoline-containing intermediate was reduced to an equal mixture of tetrahydroquinoline diastereomers. The undesired diastereomer could be recycled to the desired one by an oxidation/reduction protocol. The absolute stereochemistry of 1 was established as 3S,3'S by a combination of X-ray diffraction and chemical means.

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