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Carbohydr Res. 1996 Feb 28;282(1):81-99.

Synthesis and iron binding studies of myo-inositol 1,2,3-trisphosphate and (+/-)-myo-inositol 1,2-bisphosphate, and iron binding studies of all myo-inositol tetrakisphosphates.

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  • 1Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK.


The first syntheses of the natural products myo-inositol 1,2,3-trisphosphate and (+/-)-myo-inositol 1,2-bisphosphate are described. The protected key intermediates 4,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-myo-inositol and (+/-)-3,4,5,6-tetra-O-benzyl-myo-inositol were phosphorylated with dibenzyl N,N-di-isopropylphosphoramidite in the presence of 1H-tetrazole and subsequent oxidation of the phosphite. The crystal structures of the synthetic intermediates (+/-)-1-O-(tert-butyldiphenylsilyl)-2,3,O-cyclohexylidene-myo-inos itol and (+/-)-4,5,6-tri-O-benzoyl-1-O-(tert-butyldiphenylsilyl)-2,3-O-cycl ohexylidene- myo-inositol are reported. myo-Inositol 1,2,3-trisphosphate, (+/-)-myo-inositol 1,2-bisphosphate, and all isomeric myo-inositol tetrakisphosphates were evaluated for their ability to alter HO. production in the iron-catalysed Haber-Weiss reaction. The results demonstrated that a 1,2,3-grouping of phosphates in myo-inositol was necessary for inhibition, also that (+/-)-myo-inositol 1,2-bisphosphate potentiated HO. production. myo-Inositol 1,2,3-trisphosphate resembled myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (phytic acid) in its ability to act as a siderophore by promoting iron-uptake into Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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