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Short Paper | Regular issue | Vol 87, No. 10, 2013, pp.2119-2126
Published online, 12th September, 2013
DOI: 10.3987/COM-13-12815
Simple and Stereocontrolled Preparation of Benzoylated Phenylalanine Using FriedelCrafts Reaction in Trifluoromethanesulfonic Acid for Photoaffinity Labeling

Yuta Murai, Lei Wang, Yasuyuki Muto, Yasuko Sakihama, Yasuyuki Hashidoko, Yasumaru Hatanaka, and Makoto Hashimoto*

*Division of Applied Science, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Kita 9 Nishi 9, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8589, Japan


Simple and stereocontrolled preparation of benzoylated phenylalanine derivatives from optically pure phenylalanine using FriedelCrafts reaction in trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (TfOH) is reported; these derivatives are useful for photoaffinity labeling. Protected or unprotected phenylalanine derivatives converted to benzoyl derivatives in TfOH at room temperature in a short time without loss of optical purity. The reaction condition was applied to synthesize novel photoreactive phenylalanine derivative, which has two photophores (benzophenone and diazirine). The detail analysis of photo-irradiation for two different photophores contained phenylalanine derivative was also investigated.