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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 26, No. 9, 1987, pp.2351-2354
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1987-09-2351
Oxonitine Revisited: Its Mechanism of Formation from Aconitine

Palaniappan Kulanthaivel and S. William Pelletier

*Department of Chemistry, Institute for Natural Products Research, The University of Georgia, Chemistry Building, Athens, Georgia 30602-2556, U.S.A.


Oxidation of aconitine (2) to oxonitine (1) with KMnO4 proceeds by three mechanisms, involving the CH3 and CH2 carbons of the N-ethyl group and the carbon of the solvent as sources of the N-CHO group of oxonitine.