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Scalable Synthesis of CVN424, an Inverse Agonist of the GPR6 Receptor

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posted on 2023-01-26, 19:14 authored by Changwei Mu, Xiaolong Li, Yifang Yang, Yusheng Zhou, Chunhua Wang, Kevin J. Doyle, Naidong Ye, Anil Mistry, Roland W. Bürli
CVN424 is a drug candidate, which is being investigated in clinical trials for the treatment of motor fluctuations associated with Parkinson’s disease. We herein describe the process development of an efficient synthetic route that delivered several kilograms of the drug substance. The synthesis included diacylation of commercially available 3,4-diaminopyridine 1 with diethyl oxalate to give 2 and chlorination with POCl3 to give pyrido[3,4-b]pyrazine 3, followed by two sequential nucleophilic aromatic substitutions. A final hydrogenation and acetylation of intermediate 7 provided CVN424. Overall, a safe and robust synthesis was developed, which occurred in five linear steps with an overall yield of 15%.