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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 23, Number 11
BKCSDE 23(11)
November 20, 2002 

(-)-β-Narcotine: A Facile Synthesis and the Degradation with Ethyl Chloroformate
Dong-Ung Lee
(-)- b-Narcotine, Facile synthesis, Ring cleavage, Ethyl chloroformate
(-)-β-Narcotine (6), a phthalideisoquinoline alkaloid, was synthesized conveniently by the direct condensation of cotarnine (1) and iodomeconine (2) prepared by aromatic iodination using thallium trifluoroacetate/KI and by the successive reduction of resulting iodo-β-narcotine (5) with aluminum amalgam. Its structure including a stereochemistry was confirmed by instrumental analyses. This synthetic alkaloid was degraded with ethyl chloroformate at room temperature to afford the chloro-carbamate 6b as a crystalline intermediate, which was unexpectedly converted into the carbinol 8 by exchange of Cl with OH of water contained in the solvents and the ethoxy-carbamate 9, probably because of ethanol added to chloroform as a solvent stabilizer during the purification by column chromatography.
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