L-arginine is often covalently linked to vectors for gene or drug delivery as a means of increasing their transfection activity and reducing toxicity. This strategy relies on the protection of basic nitrogen atoms, for example, by employing the tert-butoxycarbonyl group. Our aim in the present work was to prepare the widely describedÎ±N,ÏN,Ïâ²N-tris(tert-butyloxycarbonyl)-l-arginine as a single isomer in high yield and with high levels of purity for use in the esterification of dendrimers with several peripheral hydroxyl groups. Following three reported protocols which assured this goal, we observed the unexpected formation of four additional isomers. Using the first procedure,Î±N,ÏN,Ïâ²N-tris(tert-butyloxycarbonyl)-l-arginine was never obtained. The second procedure delivered the desired compound as a mixture of geometric isomers (E/Z), while the third protocol led to a single isomer in high yield and purity, but with an unreported symmetrical structure. Since Boc protection is transient, this discovery would seem to be of little interest, but preliminary results from an ongoing investigation of the behavior of each of the isomers obtained in the esterification reactions of interest has shown that their reactivity depends on their structure. Although this research is ongoing, here we report a detailed description of these unexpected results, along with an NMR investigation focusing on the double-bond geometry and position which enabled confirmation of the structures.
|Titolo:||N,N,N-Tris(tert-butoxycarbonyl)-l-arginine: five isoforms whose obtainment depends on procedure and scrupulous NMR confirmation of their structures|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|
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