NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- The primary objective of this project was the design and synthesis of a particular bipyridyl
enediyne. This novel compound has potential as an antitumor and antimalarial agent.
Further objectives of this project were to screen this bipyridyl enediyne for antimalarial or
antitumor activity and to determine its mode of action. Structural features were included
in the design of this particular bipyridine enediyne to make it a promising antimalarial
The starting material for the synthesis of the target bipyridyl enediyne is expensive so a
model test synthesis of l,8-dipyridin-3-yl-oct-4-ene-2,6-diyne was designed to optimise
the preparation to form the bipyridyl enediyne using 3-pyridyl carbinol as a precursor (see
Chapter 2). Although the synthesis of 3-[-1-(t-butyldimethyl-silanyloxy)-4-chloro-but-2-
ynyl] pyridine was achieved, it was in a moderate yield. This compound was a key
intermediate for the cyclisation of the bipyridyl enediyne but attempts to synthesise the
desired enediyne failed. This route was therefore abandoned in favour of other strategies.
The pathways described in Chapter 3 relied on 3,3'-disubstituted-2,2'-bipyridines. In order
to obtain the key intermediate for the synthesis of the target compound, it was planned to
introduce a propargyl protected alcohol using an organometallic reagent in the 3,3'-
positions of bipyridine. Although several novel 3,3'-disubstituted-2,2'-bipyridine
derivatives were synthesised, the attempts to introduce the propargyl protected alcohol at
the 3-position either failed or produced undesired products.
Section 4.1 approaches the target molecule using 1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione as a
starting point. The addition of Grignard reagents derived from tetrahydropyranyl protected
propargyl alcohol proceeded smoothly to afford the expected bis-adduct of
phenanthroline-5,6-diol (41). Treatment of compound (41) with lead tetraacetate afforded
the unstable diketone (42), which, followed by Luche reduction, affording bis diols (47).
Silylation of the diol mixture with t-butyldimethylchlorosilane afforded the bis-silyl
ethers (48). Selective removal of the tetrahydropyranyl group in the presence of t-
butyldimethyl-silyl ethers provide (50), which in tum was transformed into an unstable
dichloride (51 ). Unfortunately, attempts to convert (51) to the bipyridyl enediyne by two
different methods reported by Nicolaou and by Jones both failed.
Section 4.3 describes an approach to the bipyridyl enediyne via McMurry coupling using
a dimethyl acetal as precursor. Addition of 3,3-dimethoxy-1-propyne to 1,10-
phenanthroline-5,6-dione using a Grignard reagent afforded compound (54). Oxidation of
compound (54) gave compound (55) and reduction of compound (55) afforded compound
(56). Protection of compound (56) gave compound (57). This route was impeded, as the
hydrolysis of the acetal group could not be accomplished even with protocols reported in
the literature. This unusual result toward hydrolysis of the acetal group did not allow the
synthesis of the target compound using the method described in Chapter 4. Time was a
critical factor that prohibited the synthesis of the target compound.
Chapter 5 provides methods for the synthesis of 3,3'-disubstituted-2,2'-bipyridine which
were published in Chemistry Letters in volume 33, issue 1, page 78, 2004 .