Crystal structure of 3β-benzoyloxy-6α-chloro-5α-cholest-7-ene, a key intermediate 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-benzoyloxy-6α-chloro-5α-cholest-7-ene (IV) was determined by the heavy atom method and refined to R = 0.063 (space group P21, a = 11.364, b = 11.089, c = 12.232, β = 99.43°, Z = 2). IV was previously shown to be an important intermediate in the acid-catalyzed isomerization of 7-dehydrocholesteryl benzoate. The present work unequivocally establishes the location of the double bond and the configuration of the chlorine of IV, information which is essential to the correct formulation of the mechanism of this reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-289
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry and Physics of Lipids
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes



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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics

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