Friday, November 16, 2007

xDNA: A New Genetic System?

Professor Eric Kool and his co-workers have developed " eXpanded DNA " dubbed "xDNA". The synthetic xDNA is expanding by adding benzene molecule to the base on the nucleotides and is a bit longer than regular 'B' form.

Unlike natural DNA, the expanded DNA is fluoresent and is considerably more stable when subjected to higher temperatures. Its unusual fluorescent properties could make it useful as a probe or diagnostic marker.

Is xDNA also capable of replicating? That's something Kool hopes to find out. Experiments with xDNA are expected to provide new insight into the behavior of natural DNA.

E. Kool, et al. Angew. Chem Int. Ed., 44, 3118-3122 (2005), JACS , 128, 9219-9230 (2006).

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The solvent makes the difference

The solvent surrounding the chiral molecule create a chiral shell (Chiral Imprint). The chirooptical properties can orginate mainly from the chiral solvent shell rather than from the chiral solute. For example, (S)-methyloxirane has a positive optical rotation in water, but has a relatively strong negative value in benzene (P. Mukhopadhyay et al Angew Chem Int Ed 2007, 46, 6450-6452). Computational experiments by J Neugebauer Angew Chem Int Ed 2007, 46, 7738-7740 shows the presence of the solute imprints a chiral structure on the inner solvation shell.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cyanation of aryl halides

There are several methods available for the cyanation of aryl halides. However a common problem with many of the more traditional methods is that they are very toxic# One method to full fill these criteria has been around for a while (Weissman S A et al, J. Org. Chem.2005, 70, 1508-1510.) Ligand- free, Palladium- catalyzed cyanation of aryl halides.Potassium hexacyanoferrate(II) has used as cyanide source. This result increase the list of metal catalyzed reactions that can be performed without ligand.

The advantage of this method is obvious, in contrast to other cyanating agents potassium hexacyanoferrate(II) is less poisonous# and can be handle without special precaution, due to the slow release of cyanide ions a significantly improved the catalytic productivity compared to previously know procedures in achieved.

#( KCN is extremely toxic (LDL0(oral, human) =2.86mg Kg-1 and develop HCN on contract with acidic water. K4[Fe(CN)6]­ is non toxic and used in food industry for metal precipitation in wine. Also it has been used as anti agglutinating auxiliary for NaCl (table salt). It is soluble in water without decomposition. Schareina T et al, Chem Commun., 2004, 1388-1389.)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Myers Asymmetric Alkylation

Psuedoephedrine is a chiral auxiliary used for the synthesis of enantiomerically enriched carboxylic acid, aldehyde, alcohol and ketones.
Both enantiomers of pseudoephedrine are inexpensive and can be N-acylated in high yields to form tertiary amides. In the presence of lithium chloride, the enolates of the corresponding pseudoephedrine amides undergo highly diastereoselective alkylations with a wide range of alkyl halides.

Advantages of using psuedoephedrine as chiral auxiliary,

• Enolate of pseudoephedrine amide undergo efficient and high diastreoselective alkylation with wide variety of alkyl halides.
• High enantiometrically enriched carboxylic acids, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones
• Large scale/ Preocess application ( low cost of auxiliary, crystallinity of starting materials and products, no carcinogenic solvents.)
Ref.: Myers, A.G. et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1997, 119 , 6496

Friday, September 7, 2007

Racemic Switch

A "racemic switch" is the redevelopment in single-enantiomer form of a drug that was first approved as a racemate. Sometimes, the pharmaceutical activity is in only one enantiomer and the other is inactive, or the "other" enantiomer has a different kind of activity from the first.


Omeprazole is a Antiulcer drug (AstraZeneca) .It was marketed in U.S. as a racemic drug in 1995. The patent ran out in 2002. Since pharmacological property lies in (S)-enantiomer, the company has patented now (S)-enantiomer.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Reduction of amino acids

There are many ways to reduce amino acids to amino alcohols, using sodium boro hydride and Iodine in THF is an excellent process.
which is not only non expensive and safety perspective but the work up is much easier (compared to LiAlH4) Iodine oxidizes the hydride giving a mole of H2 and generating BH3 in situ.
All that borane actually the stuff that reduce the acid to alcohol

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Organic Synthesis: Problems

Here are some links to the best organic synthesis problems on the web
(some even supply answers)

Tohru Fukuyama's Group:

Steven Ley's Group:

David Evans' Group: