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March 24, 2014

Nitrogen Heterocycles Ahoy

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Here's the sort of review that every working medicinal chemist will want to take a look at: Jeffrey Bode and graduate student Cam-Van T. Vo are looking at recent methods to prepare saturated nitrogen heterocycles. If you do drug discovery, odds are that you've worked with more piperidines, pyrrolidines, piperazines, morpholines, etc. than sticks can be shaken at. New ways to make substituted variations on these are always welcome, and it's good to see the latest work brought together into one place.

There's still an awful lot to do in this area, though. As the review mentions, a great many methods rely on nitrogen protecting groups. From personal experience, I can tell you that my heart sinks a bit when I see some nice ring-forming reaction in the literature and only then notice that the piperidine (or what have you) has a little "Ts" or "Ns" stuck to it. I know that these things can be taken off, but it's still a pain to do, and especially if you want to make a series of compounds. Protecting-group-free routes in saturated heterocyclic chemistry are welcome indeed.

Comments (9) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Chemical News


1. BG on March 24, 2014 10:20 AM writes...

Is there a nitrogen protecting group that medicinal chemists prefer over others?

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2. M on March 24, 2014 10:42 AM writes...

@1. BG, The BOC protecting group is most common in medicinal chemistry. It is easy to introduce, easy to remove, and stable to reaction conditions that tend to be used in med chem.

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3. ed on March 24, 2014 11:03 AM writes...

publishing in an open access journal would have been a big +1.

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4. DCRogers on March 24, 2014 11:10 AM writes...

@3, know of anyone who has put together a list of the most reputable 'open-access' journals that scientists trying to ween themselves off of proprietary journals (I'm looking at you, ACS!) should consider?

I see lots of fancy names out there, hard to find the wheat in all the chaff.

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5. chipsahoy on March 24, 2014 5:01 PM writes...

O SnAP (someone's gotta say it)

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6. A. nonymaus on March 24, 2014 9:50 PM writes...

Re: 4
PLoS journals are what I'd call the top tier of open-access. They tend to be heavily slanted towards biology though. Other suggestions?
Re: 1
The simplest protecting group for nitrogen is the proton. N-oxides are also easily installed and removed.

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7. M on March 25, 2014 4:56 AM writes...

Concerning the SnAP chemistry. How about tin containing reactions in medicinal chemistry? The prepared N-heterocycles are most likely not the final compounds. Therefore, any leftover tin traces should be removed before the final testing?

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8. PK rep on March 25, 2014 5:55 AM writes...

Who wants a saturated nitrogen heterocycle beside Sprague-Dawley rats?

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9. Anon on March 25, 2014 9:14 PM writes...

Re:4 and 6:

Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry is a good open-access journal. Free to access, free to submit.

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