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Practical Synthesis of 2-Keto-3-deoxy-d-glycero-d-galactononulosonic Acid (KDN)

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posted on 2011-12-02, 00:00 authored by David Crich, Chandrasekhar Navuluri
Reaction of propargylmagnesium bromide with 2,3;5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-d-mannonolactone followed by highly stereoselective reduction of the so-formed lactol with sodium borohydride gives a syn-diol from which practical syntheses of 2-keto-3-deoxy-d-glycero-d-galactononulosonic acid (KDN) and various partially protected derivatives have been achieved all of which feature the oxidative unmasking of the α-keto acid moiety from the alkyne.