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Free Radic Res. 1998 May;28(5):471-6.

EPR evidence for the involvement of free radicals in the iron-catalysed decomposition of qinghaosu (artemisinin) and some derivatives; antimalarial action of some polycyclic endoperoxides.

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School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.


EPR experiments confirm that reaction of qinghaosu and some related endoperoxides with Fe2+ in aqueous acetonitrile leads to the production of carbon-centred radicals derived by rapid rearrangement of first-formed cyclic alkoxyl radicals. Signals obtained from qinghaosu itself with spin-traps DMPO and DBNBS are assigned to the adducts (15) and (16), a finding which accounts for the formation of the major products (11) and (14).

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