Concerning the structure of 3β-benzoyloxy-5β-cholesta-8,14-diene, a major byproduct in the chemical synthesis of 5α-cholest-8(14)-en-3β-ol-15-one

David K. Wilson, William K. Wilson, Florante A. Quiocho, George J. Schroepfer

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The X-ray crystal structure of 3β-(p-bromobenzoyloxy)-5β-cholesta-8,14-dien (space group P21, a = 10.698 A ̊, b = 9.487 A ̊, c = 15.024 A ̊, β = 96.05°, Z = 2) was determined by the heavy atom method and refined to R = 0.075. This heavy atom derivative was synthesized from 5β-cholesta-8,14-diene-3β-ol, the benzoate ester of which was previously shown to be the major byproduct in the low-temperature isomerization of 7-dehydrocholesteryl benzoate in HCl/chloroform. The work presented here establishes unequivocally that the configuration of this isomerization byproduct at C-5 is 5β-H and that the configuration at C-17 was unchanged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry and Physics of Lipids
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes



  • acid catalyzed isomerization
  • conformational analysis
  • sterol
  • X-ray crystallography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics

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