We report the first synthesis of the unnatural enantiomer of desmosterol (ent-desmosterol). The sterol nucleus was constructed enantiospecifically, followed by stepwise addition of the side chain. Beginning with ent-androst-4-ene-3,17-dione, ent-desmosterol was synthesized in 13 steps and 20% yield. Protected ent-desmosterol was subjected to catalytic deuteration to afford ent-deuterocholesterol. Ent-desmosterol and ent-deuterocholesterol will be used to study the importance of sterol absolute configuration for sterol-lipid interactions in biophysical studies and in biological systems.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2003|