Despite the large variety of modified nucleosides that have been reported, the preparation of constrained 4′-spirocyclic adenosine analogues has received very little attention. We discovered that the [2+2]-cycloaddition of dichloroketene on readily available 4′-exo-methylene furanose sugars efficiently results in the diastereoselective formation of novel 4′-spirocyclobutanones. The reaction mechanism was investigated via density functional theory (DFT) and found to proceed either via a non-synchronous or stepwise reaction sequence, controlled by the stereochemistry at the 3′-position of the sugar substrate. The obtained dichlorocyclobutanones were converted into nucleoside analogues, providing access to a novel class of chiral 4′-spirocyclobutyl adenosine mimetics in eight steps from commercially available sugars. Assessment of the biological activity of designed 4′-spirocyclic adenosine analogues identified potent inhibitors for protein methyltransferase target PRMT5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15419-15423
JournalChemistry - a European Journal
Issue number67
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2019

    Research areas

  • cycloaddition, cyclobutanones, enol ethers, SAM-mimetics, spiro compounds

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