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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 34, No. 6, 1992, pp.1201-1211
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/COM-92-6017
A Synthesis of 4-Cyano-hexahydro-2H-benzo[b]quinolizine-7,10-dione as a Simple Model Compound of Saframycin A

Akinori Kubo,* Tatsuya Nakai, Yuichi Koizumi, Naoki Saito, Yuzuru Mikami, Katsukiyo Yazawa, and Jun Uno

*Meiji College of Pharmacy, 1-35-23 Nozawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154, Japan


A simple and efficient synthesis of 4-cyano-8-methoxy-9-methyl-1,3,4,6,11,11a-hexahydro-2H-benzo[b]quinolizine-7,10-dione (20a) as a simple model compound of saframycin A (1) is described starting from the corresponding lactam (16). Reduction of the lactam (16) with lithium aluminum hydride followed by sodium cyanide treatment afforded the α-amino nitrile (19) as an inseparable mixture in an excellent yield. Oxidative demethylation of compound (19) with 10N HNO3 gave the title compound (20a) and its C-4 epimer (20b). The structure of 20a was confirmed by 1H nmr and 13C nmr spectroscopic analysis.