Facile synthesis of 7-alkyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1,8-naphthyridines as arginine mimetics using a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons-based approach

Lippa, Rhys A. and Murphy, John A. and Barrett, Tim N. (2020) Facile synthesis of 7-alkyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1,8-naphthyridines as arginine mimetics using a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons-based approach. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 16. pp. 1617-1626. ISSN 1860-5397

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    Abstract

    Integrin inhibitors based on the tripeptide sequence Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) are potential therapeutics for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Herein, we describe an expeditious three-step synthetic sequence of Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons olefination, diimide reduction, and global deprotection to synthesise cores for these compounds in high yields (63-83% over 3 steps) with no need for chromatography. Key to this transformation is the phosphoramidate protecting group, which is stable to metalation steps.