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Chemical Aspects Of Metoprolol Metabolism. Asymmetric Synthesis And Absolute Configuration Of The 3-[4-(1-hydroxy-2-methoxyethyl)phenoxy]-1-(isopropylamino)-2-propanols , The Diastereomeric Benzylic Hydroxylation Metabolites.
Published 1988 · Chemistry, Medicine
Asymmetric synthesis of 3-[4-(1-hydroxy-2-methoxyethyl)phenoxy]-1-(isopropylamino)-2-propanol (2), the benzylic hydroxylation metabolite of metoprolol (1), is described, and the absolute configurations of the diastereoisomers were assigned. Ketone 3, prepared in a multistep synthesis, was reduced with a complex of (2S)-(-)-2-amino-3-methyl-1,1-diphenylbutan-1-ol (9) and borane, yielding 2, with a ratio of 82:18 for the diastereomers. The absolute configurations 1'S,2S and 1'S,2R were assigned for the diastereomers formed in excess on the basis of reductions on closely related alkyl phenyl ketones and the circular dichroism spectrum. Derivatization of the 1'-hydroxyl group of oxazolidinone 10 with a chiral Mosher acid chloride and the use of an HPLC procedure to resolve the resulting esters enabled us to determine the metabolic product stereoselectivity for 2. In the presence of the rat liver microsomal fraction, the benzylic hydroxylation of 1 was highly product stereoselective favoring 1'R stereochemistry at the new asymmetric center in racemic 1 and in both enantiomers of 1. Determination of the stereochemistry of 2 will facilitate study of this polymorphically controlled metabolic process.