Synthetic and Enzymatic Studies with Potential Alternate Substrates for Human Placental Aromatase: 10β-Trifluoroacetyl and 10β-allyl Steroids

Krysztof Jaworski, Philip A. Cole, Cecil H. Robinson

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The l0β-trifiuoroacetyl and 10β-allyl analogs, 6 and 13, respectively, of androstenedione have been studied as potential alternate substrates for aromatase. The hitherto undescribed compound 6 was synthesized via the action of trifluoromethyltrimethylsilane on a 19-oxo steroid. There was no conversion of 6 to estrogen by aromatase, although 6 was a competitive inhibitor. Furthermore 13 was not epoxidized significantly by the enzyme, leaving open the mechanism of suicide inactivation of aromatase by the propargylic steroid 10.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-341
Number of pages12
JournalBioorganic Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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