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Communication | Special issue | Vol 90, No. 2, 2015, pp.883-892
Published online, 16th September, 2014
DOI: 10.3987/COM-14-S(K)97
Regioselective Introduction of Substituents to the meso-Position of Pyrromethenone Derivative – Application to the Synthesis of Sterically Fixed Phytochrome Chromophore Anchored to the C15 meso-Position

Yudai Tanaka, Ryoji Iwamoto, Ryo Sakata, Takahiro Soeta, Kohei Endo, Shuhei Fujinami, Katsuhiko Inomata, and Yutaka Ukaji*

*Division of Material Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan


Pyrromethenone derivatives corresponding to the CD-ring component of phycocyanobilin chromophore were regioselectively brominated with NBS at the meso-position retaining the stereochemistry of the olefinic carbon skeleton. Subsequent introduction of carbon-substituents to the brominated pyrromethenones was accomplished by treating with Grignard reagents to afford meso-alkylated (E)-isomers regardless of the stereochemistry of the starting brominated pyrromethenones. The resulting product was applied to the synthesis of a meso-anchored sterically fixed tetrapyrrole chromophore.