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The Synthesis of 1-Keto-3-Carbomethoxy-1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroisequinoline


McGriff, Richard Bernard (1959) The Synthesis of 1-Keto-3-Carbomethoxy-1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroisequinoline. Master's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/B06Z-W247.


The preparation of 1-keto-3-carbomethoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisequinoline byt wo routes is described. The first involves hydrolysis of the adduct of a-bromo-o-tolunitrile and acetamidomalinicester to 1-keto-3-carboxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisequinoline. Esterification of this acid yields the desired ester. The second route involves the condensation of phenylalanine with formaldehyde to form 3-carboxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisequinoline. The benzoyle derivative of this compounds is smoothly oxidized by cold permanganate to N-benzoyl (o-carboxyphenyl) alanine, wich is convert by acid hydrolysis to 1-keto-3-carboxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisequinoline and benzoic acid. Preliminary experiments show that 1-keto-3-carboxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisequinoline is hydrolyzed by a-chymotrypsin, and indicate that both forms are hydrolyzed,albeit at differing rates.

Item Type:Thesis (Master's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Chemistry)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Niemann, Carl G.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1959
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05102010-153156629
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ID Code:5792
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:18 Aug 2010 18:42
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