One-pot regio- and stereoselective synthesis of α′-methoxy- γ-pyrones: Biological evaluation as mitochondrial respiratory complex inhibitors

Helena Rosso, Michaël De Paolis, Valérie C. Collin, Sriloy Dey, Sidney Hecht, Cristina Prandi, Vincent Richard, Jacques Maddaluno

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The one-pot construction of functionalized α′-methoxy-γ- pyrones is detailed. Starting from α,α′-dimethoxy-γ- pyrone, molecular diversity is attained by a regio- and stereoselective desymmetrization using allyllithium followed by vinylogous aldol reaction. Mechanistic considerations including density functional theory calculations and insightful experiments have been gathered to shed light on this complex multistep process. To illustrate the versatility of this methodology, some of the molecules prepared were evaluated for their ability to inhibit NADH-oxidase and NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase. In the process, a potent new inihibitor of NADH-oxidase activity (IC 50 44 nM) was identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9429-9437
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 18 2011


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  • Organic Chemistry

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