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Short Paper | Regular issue | Vol 91, No. 3, 2015, pp.593-603
Published online, 27th January, 2015
DOI: 10.3987/COM-14-13157
One-Carbon Homologation of Pyrrole Carboxaldehyde via Wittig Reaction and Mild Hydrolysis of Vinyl Ether – toward the Synthesis of a Sterically Locked Phytochrome Chromophore

Ryo Sakata, Takahiro Soeta, and Yutaka Ukaji*

*Division of Material Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan


Mild hydrolysis of vinyl ether derived from a pyrrole carboxaldehyde corresponding to the B,C-ring component of phytochromobilin chromophore was achieved by treatment with oxalyl chloride in chloroform in the presence of water and ethanol to afford a one-carbon homologated aldehyde. This aldehyde was applied to the synthesis of the sterically locked 15E-anti CD-ring component of the chromophore. Furthermore, the aldehyde could be converted to the intermediate for the sterically locked 5Z-anti AB-ring component.