Fischer indole synthesis in water: Simple, efficient preparation of naltrindole, naltriben and analogs

Romain A. Duval, John R. Lever

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Abstract

Naltrindole, naltrindole analogs and the benzofuran congener naltriben have been prepared by Fischer syntheses using mildly acidic, purely aqueous conditions. The preparation of naltrindole and several analogs was accomplished under almost neutral conditions using just the hydrochloride salts of naltrexone and various electron-rich and electron-poor phenylhydrazines in boiling water. The products were obtained by simple filtration in good to excellent yields and with high purities in the majority of cases. The route is suited to gram-scale synthesis, does not require the use of organic solvents, minimizes the use of corrosive acids, and is simple, efficient and environmentally friendly. Naltriben was prepared efficiently from the hydrochloride salts of naltrexone and O-phenylhydroxylamine but more forcing conditions, 6.0 N HCl, were required. A limitation to the method is the failure of Fischer cyclization between naltrexone and nitro-substituted phenylhydrazines under aqueous conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-309
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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