Step-wise synthetic approach is necessary to access g-conjugates of folate: folate-conjugated prodigiosenes
Groves, Brandon R.
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Despite the vast literature that describes reacting folic acid with a pharmacophore, this route is ineffective in providing the correct regioisomer of the resulting conjugate. We herein present a step-wise route to the preparation of nine folate conjugates of the tripyrrolic prodigiosene skeleton. The strict requirement for step-wise construction of the folate core is demonstrated, so as to achieve conjugation at only the desired γ-carboxylic acid and thus maintain the acarboxylic site for folate receptor (FRa) recognition. Linkages via ethylenediamine, polyethylene glycol and glutathione are demonstrated.