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Communication | Special issue | Vol 101, No. 1, 2020, pp.91-98
Published online, 10th April, 2019
DOI: 10.3987/COM-19-S(F)2
An Efficient Enantiospecific Synthesis of Neuroactive Glutamate Analogs

Shuntaro Tsukamoto, Hiyori Itagaki, Kenji Morokuma, Kei Miyako, Yuichi Ishikawa, Ryuichi Sakai, and Masato Oikawa*

*Yokohama City University, Seto 22-2, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0027, Japan


Herein we report improved enantiospecific synthesis and some structure-activity relationships of our heterotricyclic artificial glutamate analogs bearing seven-membered ring for the C-ring. Starting from readily available oxanorbornene rac-3, optically pure (2R)-TKM-107, (2R)-IKM-154, and the antipodes were synthesized in total nine steps for each. Mice in vivo assay indicated that only the (2R)-enantiomer was active in both cases. Behaviors phenotypes observed in the mice assay suggested that these compounds are similar in mode of action to that of IKM-159 but with discrete potency.