We have synthesized and established the structure of a long-suspected, but hitherto unknown, benzofuran side product (EBI) formed during the synthesis of NH-3. Understanding the mechanism of its formation has enabled isotope (D) labeling. We further developed a highly efficient method for separating EBI from NH-3. Interestingly, EBI was found to be a very potent thyroid hormone receptor (THR) agonist, while NH-3 is an antagonist. In this process, we have also achieved a significantly improved synthesis of NH-3.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry