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Communication | Special issue | Vol 11, No. 1, 1978, pp.69-73
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/S(N)-1978-01-0069
Studies on the Synthesis of Bisindole Alkaloids. XV. A Synthesis of Vinamidine (Catharinine)

James P. Kutney,* John Balsevich, and Brian R. Worth

*Department of Chemistry, University of British Colombia, 2063 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada


Oxidation of 4’-deoxyleurosidine with potassium permanganate provided the first synthesis of the alkaloid vinamidine (catharinine). Similar oxidation of leurosine or 3’,4’-dehydrovinblastine gave 3’-hydroxyvinamidine.