Synthesis of Phenanthridine-Containing Polycyclic Ring Systems through Intramolecular Diels-Alder Reaction on Furan (IMDAF)
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- Kjemisk institutt 
AbstractThe work described in this thesis focused on developing a method to synthesise a variety of organic molecules with imidazophenanthridine or pyrrolophenanthridine ring structures. These are complex structures with previously reported activities against certain cancer cell lines, and as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, among else. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are potentially useful as drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This newly developed route to imidazophenanthridines allow for a substitution pattern not previously reported for similar structures, namely the inclusion of electron-withdrawing groups in the phenanthridine A-ring. These types of imidazophenanthridines are relatively unexplored territory, so the synthesis route’s potential to produce a variety of different substitution patterns is important. Some of the products that were tested for biological activities displayed significant activity against certain protozoa parasites responsible for tropical diseases. In the method developed towards pyrrolophenanthridines, an elegant solution was found to introduce one of the two characteristic hydroxyl groups observed in naturally occurring analogs. It was also discovered that some of the synthesised compounds were sensitive towards oxidation, which can be exploited in further studies to introduce additional functionality.
List of papers
|Paper I. Synthesis of Electron-Deficient Tetrahydro- and Dihydroimidazo[1,2-f]phenanthridines by Microwave-Mediated IMDAF Reactions. Gulbrandsen, H. S.; Alfaro, J. L. D.; Read, M. L.; Gundersen, L.-L. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 16, 2305-2311. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201700180. The article is not available in DUO due to publisher restrictions. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.201700180|
|Paper II. Formation of 8-Hydroxyphenanthridines by Microwave-Mediated IMDAF Reactions; Synthesis directed towards Lycorine Alkaloids. Gulbrandsen, H. S.; Serigstad, H.; Read, M. L.; Joos, I.; Gundersen, L.-L. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2019, 35, 6044-6052. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201901000. The article is not available in DUO due to publisher restrictions. The published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.201901000|