Preparation of pyridine-stretched 2’-deoxyhypoxanthosine phosphoramidite

Russell Clayton, Michael L. Davis, Wei Li, William Fraser, Christopher Ramsden

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Pyridine-stretched 2!-deoxyhypoxanthosine (strH) phosphoramidite was prepared in eight steps from Hoffer’s sugar (2!-deoxy-3,5-di-O-(p-toluoyl)-α-D-erythro-pentofuranosyl chloride). Improved synthesis of the Hoffer sugar was achieved without need for distillation or chromatographic separation of intermediates, or use of gaseous HCl. Conditions were optimised to provide a key nitrile intermediate for the preparation of strH whereby the cesium salt of 4(5)-nitroimidazole was glycosylated using Hoffer’s sugar. The nitrile intermediate was also used to prepare pyridine-stretched 2!-deoxyadenosine (strA) and pyridine-stretched 2!-deoxy-diaminopurine (strD). Preliminary studies indicate that strH forms a stronger, size-expanded base pair with adenine compared with the Watson-Crick thymine-adenine base pair.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberOR-10075VP
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017

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Funding: Scotia Pharmaceuticals; Royal Society; and EPSRC Mass Spectrometry Cenre for high-resolution mass spectra.

Copies of 1H and 13C NMR spectra are provided as supplementary material.


  • 5-aminoimidazoles
  • Hoffer’s sugar
  • pyridine-stretched purines
  • hypoxanthosine
  • phosphoramidite


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