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The preparation of the 10-trifluoromethyl hydroartemisinin, followed by dehydration, afforded the trifluoromethyl analogue 2 of anhydrodihydroartemisinin 1. The reactivity of these two glycals of artemisinin were compared in epoxidation and halogenation reactions. Iodination of glycal 1 in water and the further rearrangement of the produced iodo hemiacetal provided the new D-ring-contracted aldehyde 8alpha, where the methyl at C-9 is beta. Epoxidation of 10-trifluoromethyl anhydrodihydroartemisinin 2 stereoselectively provided the beta-epoxy ether 11 in high yield. When treated with hexafluoro-2-propanol or trifluoroethanol, 11 readily underwent a rearrangement yielding to the D-ring-contracted trifluoromethyl ketone 9alpha with retention of configuration at C-9.


Fabienne Grellepois, Fatima Chorki, Benoit Crousse, Michèle Ourévitch, Danièle Bonnet-Delpon, Jean-Pierre Bégué. Anhydrodihydroartemisinin and its 10-trifluoromethyl analogue: access to novel d-ring-contracted artemisinin trifluoromethyl ketones. The Journal of organic chemistry. 2002 Feb 22;67(4):1253-60

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