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Synthesis of the (3R,6S)-3-Amino-6-(2,3-difluorophenyl)azepan-2-one of Telcagepant (MK-0974), a Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide Receptor Antagonist for the Treatment of Migraine Headache

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posted on 07.08.2008, 00:00 authored by Christopher S. Burgey, Daniel V. Paone, Anthony W. Shaw, James Z. Deng, Diem N. Nguyen, Craig M. Potteiger, Samuel L. Graham, Joseph P. Vacca, Theresa M. Williams
Two novel routes have been developed to the (3R,6S)-3-amino-6-(2,3-difluorophenyl)-1-(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl)azepan-2-one 2 of the CGRP receptor antagonist clinical candidate telcagepant (MK-0974, 1). The first employs a ring-closing metathesis of the styrene 7 as the key reaction, while the second makes use of a highly diastereoselective Hayashi−Miyaura Rh-catalyzed arylboronic acid addition to nitroalkene 16. The latter route has been implemented to produce multigram quantities of telcagepant for extensive preclinical evaluation.