Solution Forms of Bouvardin and Relatives from NMR Studies. 6-O-Methylbouvardin

Robert B. Bates, Jack R. Cole, Joseph J. Hoffmann, George R. Kriek, Gary S. Linz, Sterling J. Torrance

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1H and 13C NMR studies indicate that the predominant stereoisomer and conformer in solution for the potent natural antitumor agents deoxybouvardin (1), bouvardin (2), and the newly isolated and equally active 6-O-methylbouvardin (3) is that found in the solid state by X-ray diffraction. Unusual features in the spectra, all in the vicinity of the 14-membered ring, include an aromatic proton absorbing unusually far upfield at 4.35, a vicinal H-C-O-H coupling constant of 10.2 Hz, aryl carbons ortho to an ether oxygen absorbing at 5 124.2-125.9, and a geminal coupling constant of-20 Hz between the methylene protons in a tyrosine residue. A minor stereoisomer (~15%) separated by a 20.6 kcal/mol barrier is observed for 1-3; variable-temperature 1H NMR studies on model N-methyl peptides indicate this stereoisomer to differ in rotation about the Tyr-5 and/or Tyr-3 amide bond. Since the antitumor activities of six compounds differing in substitution on Tyr-5 and Tyr-6 do not vary appreciably while a change in Tyr-3 results in loss of activity, the rigid 14-membered ring portion of the molecule is not the active part but serves to get the rest of the molecule into the active conformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1343-1347
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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