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Molecules 2011, 16(4), 2884-2913; doi:10.3390/molecules16042884
Review

Bismuth(III) Reagents in Steroid and Terpene Chemistry

1,* , 2 and 1
1 Laboratório de Química Farmacêutica, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Coimbra, Pólo das Ciências da Saúde, Azinhaga de Santa Comba, 3000-548, Coimbra, Portugal 2 Health Sciences Research Centre, Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade da Beira Interior, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 6201-506 Covilhã, Portugal
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 10 February 2011 / Revised: 14 March 2011 / Accepted: 29 March 2011 / Published: 4 April 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Organobismuth Chemistry)
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Abstract

Steroid and terpene chemistry still have a great impact on medicinal chemistry. Therefore, the development of new reactions or “greener” processes in this field is a contemporaneous issue. In this review, the use of bismuth(III) salts, as “ecofriendly” reagents/catalysts, on new chemical processes involving steroids and terpenes as substrates will be focused. Special attention will be given to some mechanistic considerations concerning selected reactions.
Keywords: bismuth(III) salts; catalysis; steroids; terpenes; triterpenoids bismuth(III) salts; catalysis; steroids; terpenes; triterpenoids
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Salvador, J.A.R.; Silvestre, S.M.; Pinto, R.M.A. Bismuth(III) Reagents in Steroid and Terpene Chemistry. Molecules 2011, 16, 2884-2913.

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