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Enantiomeric Variability of Distaminolyne A. Refinement of ECD and NMR Methods for Determining Optical Purity of 1-Amino-2-Alkanols


Sample configurations of distaminolyne A (1a); isolated from the ascidians Pseudodistoma opacum and P. cereum, and collected at different sites in New Zealand, were investigated by two methods: Exciton coupled electronic circular dichroism (EC ECD) of the corresponding N,O-dibenzoyl derivative 1b; and chiral reagent derivatization of 1a with (S)- and (R)-α-methoxyphenylacetic acid (MPA), followed by ¹H-NMR analysis. Configuration and optical purity of 1a (%ee) was found to vary depending on the geographic distribution of ascidian colonies. An improved method for preparing N,O-diarenoyl derivatives of 1a was optimized. The EC ECD method was found to be complementary to the MPA-NMR method at different ranges of %ee.

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