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Molecules 2018, 23(5), 1216;

Improved Synthesis of N-Methylcadaverine

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Box 41061, Lubbock, TX 79409-1061, USA
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Academic Editors: Wenxu Zhou and De-an Guo
Received: 25 April 2018 / Revised: 10 May 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 19 May 2018
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Alkaloids compose a large class of natural products, and mono-methylated polyamines are a common intermediate in their biosynthesis. In order to evaluate the role of selectively methylated natural products, synthetic strategies are needed to prepare them. Here, N-methylcadaverine is prepared in 37.3% yield in three steps. The alternative literature two-step strategy resulted in reductive deamination to give N-methylpiperidine as determined by the single crystal structure. A straightforward strategy to obtain the mono-alkylated aliphatic diamine, cadaverine, which avoids potential side-reactions, is demonstrated. View Full-Text
Keywords: alkaloid; granatane; N-methylcadaverine; N-methylpiperidine. reductive deamination alkaloid; granatane; N-methylcadaverine; N-methylpiperidine. reductive deamination

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Anderson, K.N.; Moaven, S.; Unruh, D.K.; Cozzolino, A.F.; D’Auria, J.C. Improved Synthesis of N-Methylcadaverine. Molecules 2018, 23, 1216.

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