Synthetic approaches to isocarbacyclin and analogues as potential neuroprotective agents against ischemic stroke.


Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro 27402, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Isocarbacyclin is a valuable synthetic analogue of prostacyclin with potential neuroprotective effects for the treatment of ischemic stroke. Herein, we describe the synthesis of isocarbacyclin and bicyclic analogues in only 7-10 steps, with the ω-side chain diversified at a late stage. A combination of new reaction design, function-oriented synthesis, and late-stage diversification led to a series of compounds that were tested for their neuroprotective activities. Efforts toward the synthesis of tricyclic analogues of isocarbacyclin, using the same combination of metal-catalyzed reactions, is also described.