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Patented Nov. 19, 1946
Oskar Wlnterstelner, New Brunswick, and W1!
liam L. Ruigh, Princeton, N. J., asslgnors to
E. R. Squibb & Sons, New York, N. Y., a corpo
ration of New York ,
No Drawing. Application November 29, 1941,
Serial No. 421,040
5 Claims.
(Cl. 260-3972)
This invention relates to, and has for its object
the provision of: (I) 3-hydroxy-A5-'7-acyloxy-cy
readily separable; the necessity of reacting (hy
drolyzing) a 3-oxy-A5-7-dehydro-cyt-hrene is
avoided, thus minimizing the possibility of loss by
decomposition or oxidation (the esters of 3-hy
clopentenoperhydrophenanthrenes, especially 7
acyloxy-sterols; and (II) an advantageous method
of preparing 3-oxy-A5-'7-dehydro-cyclopenteno
droxy - A5 - '7 - dehydro-cythrenes intermediately
perhydrophenanthrenes, especially 7-dehydro
formed in the prior methods being relatively un
sterols, involving the intermediate formation of
stable and oxidizable compounds, particularly
the 3-hydroxy-.A5-7-acyloxy-cyclopentenoperhy
- when impure); and the thermal decomposition
can be effected at a lower temperature than that
10 required in the prior methods, thus minimizing
For brevity and convenience, the term “cyclo
pentenoperhydrophenanthrene” is hereinafter re
the possibility of decomposition.
placed by the apt (telescopically-formed) term
Preferably, the selective hydrolysis is effected
by treating the 3,7-di-acyloxy-A5-cythrene with
an alkaline hydrolyzing agent (especially sodium
It has been found that the treatment of a 3,7
diacyloxy-M-cythrene with a hydrolyzing agent
under mild reaction conditions results in the se
lective and quantitative hydrolysis of the acyloxy
methylate), the reactants being in low concen
group in the 3-position and formation of the cor
line hydrolyzing agents include, inter alia, other
alkali-metal alcoholates, alkali hydroxides and
tration and/or the temperature being 10w (1. e.,
room or slightly elevated). The utilizable alka- ‘
responding 3-hydroxy - A5 - 7 - acyloxy-cythrene. '
This result was contrary to expectation, because 20 alkali carbonates, in suitable solvents.
the usual method of hydrolyzing 3,7-diacyloxy
The thermal decomposition of the 3-hydroxy
A5-cythrenes (boiling with a strong alkali, such
A5-7-acy1oxy-cythrene may be effected by heating
as an alcoholic solution of potassium hydroxide)
the compound to a temperature of the order of
removed both acyl groups with the formation of
165-185° C. under a vacuum of 2 mm.. mercury
the free diol, and because it was presumable that 25 or less, or by re?uxing the compound with a high
the ester group in the 7-position would be selec
boiling organic amine. The amines used in the
tively affected in any partial hydrolysis ‘(this po
thermal decomposition of the 3,7-di-acyloxy-A5
sition being adjacent to a double bond, and the
cythrenes (e. g., dimethyl-aniline, diethyl-aniline,
ester group in this position being selectively af
and diethyl-amino-cyclohexylamine) are utiliz
fected when esters such as the dibenzoate of 7 30 able for the thermal decomposition of the 3-hy
hydroxycholesterol are subjected to thermal de
composition) .
Puri?cation of the ?nal product, e. g.., 7-dehy
The method of preparing 3-oxy-A5-7-dehydro
dro-cholesterol, formed by the thermal decom
cythrenes in accordance with this invention com- '
position may be effected as follows: (a) after
prises converting a 3,7-diacyloxy-A5-cythrene into
the corresponding
3 - hydroxy - A5 - 7 - acyloxy
cythrene, and converting the latter into the cor
responding 3 - hydroxy-A5-7-dehydro-cythrene,
~preferably by subjecting the 3-hydroxy-A5-7-acyl
7 - benzoxy - cholesterol,
for example, by heating alone in a moderately
high vacuum (during which the benzoic acid
formed is simultaneously removed by distillation),
the vacuum is increased to about 10"3 to "4 mm.
oxy-cythrene to thermal "decomposition, either 40 mercury and the 'Z-dehydrocholesterol sublimed;
alone or in the presence of a high=boiling~aminel7,,,,.,., or ,(b) after themally—decomposing the 7-benz
This method possesses marked 'advantageswover oxy-cholesterol,..._either alone or in the presence
the prior methods involving conversion of the
of “a highéboilingamineg-th-e“ 'Z?il‘e'jhydtocholesterol.
3,7-c1i-acyloxyahs-cythrene into the correspond-
ing 3-acyloxy-A5-7-dehydro-cythrene by thermal
decomposition, and conversion of the latter into
is isolated'uuantitatively and'in essentially pure
45 condition by precipitating it with digitonin in
the corresponding 3 - hydroxy - A5 — 7 - dehydro
cythrene by hydrolysis.
These advantages in
90% alcohol, and dissociating the digitonide with.
pyridine (the unreacted 'Z-benzoxy-cholesterol
being not precipitated by digltonin under these
conditions).' This digitonin-precipitation puri?
clude the following: the formation of lay-products
in the thermal decomposition (resulting, in the 50 cation step cannot be used in the prior thermal
prior methods, from the partial removal of the
decomposition methods, since the 3-acyloxy-A5-7- ‘
acyloxy group in the 3-position) is avoided; puri
dehydro-cythrenes formed therein are not pre
?cation of the ?nal product is greatly facilitated,
cipitable with digitonin.
the S-hydroxy-M-‘Ldehydro-cythrene and unre
The 7-dehydrocholester0l obtained in accord
acted 3-hydroxy - A? - 7 - acyloxy-cythrene being 55
ance "with this invention can be readily activated
by ultraviolet light or other physico-chemical
means to provide an antirachitic agent. The in- '
termediates, 3-hydroxy-A5-7-acyloxy-cythrenes,
' cessive portions of dilute hydrochloric acid, wa
ter, and sodium carbonate. A: spectrographic
assay of the ether solution shows an approxi
are useful for the preparation of- many products,
inter alia, the antirachitic vitamins and other
steroid derivatives having the general structure
of a 7-dehydr0-ster0l with a conjugated system
of double bonds in ring B, steroid derivatives hav
ing a double bond in positions 8,14 and 14,15 of
mately 70% content of 'I-dehydrocholesterol.
acid) esters, di-(phenyl-acetate), di-cinnamate,
tone and methanol.
The ether is removed by evaporation, and the res
idue taken up in a small quantity of 90% ethanol,
and an excess of a 1% solution of digitonin in
95% ethanol added thereto. The precipitate of
'I-dehydrocholesterol digitonide formed weighs
the cythrene nucleus, and isodehydrosteroids 10 631 mg., and, correcting for the portion removed
for spectral analysis, the yield is 79%, calculated
(which, in turn, may serve as intermediates for
as 'I-dehydrocho'lesterol. The digitonide is de
hormone synthesis).
The 3,7-di-acyloxy-A5-cythrenes utilizable in
composed with lpyridine in the usual manner;
the practice of this invention include, inter alia,
and the thus-obtained 'l-dehydrocholesterol may
the dibenzoate, diacetate, di- (substituted benzoic 15 be further *puri?ed'by recrystallization from ace
and other di-(lower fatty acid) esters of the 3,7
dlhydroxy-Ab-cythrenes, preferably of the 7-hy
Example 2
The following examples are illustrative of the
sodium methylate in 100 cc. absolute methyl al
cohol, and the mixture is allowed to stand at
‘Example 1
room temperature for 24 hours. The reaction
mixture is then poured onto cracked ice, and ex
_' (a) To 3 g. 7-hydroxystigmasterol-dibenzoate
droxysterols (e; g., 'I-hydroxycholesterol, 7-hy
droxystigmasterol, and 7-hydroxysitosterol).
20 in 60 cc. benzene is added a cold solution of 2 g.
(a) 10 g. '7-hydroxycholesterol-dibenzoate is 25 tracted with ether; and the ether extract is
dissolved in 200 cc. benzene, a solution of 6.66
washed with water, dried over anhydrous sodium
g. sodium methylate in 333 cc. methanol is added
carbonate, and evaporated to dryness. The res
thereto, and the mixture is allowed to stand'for
idue is homogeneous, as shown by dissolving it in
two days at room temperature. The reaction
benzene, passing the solution through a column
mixture is then poured onto cracked ice, and the 30 of active alumina, and fractionally eluting. The
benzene solution is separated, washed in suc
yield of 'I-benzoxy-stigmasterol is practically
cession with dilute hydrochloric acid, water, and
quantitative (2.59 g.).
dilute sodium carbonate solution, and dried rwith
On crystallization from benzene-hexane, the
sodium sulphate. On evaporating off most of the
'7-benzoxy-stigmasterol is obtained in form of
benzene and adding hexane, 7-benzoxy-choles 35 ?uffy needles melting at 155-7", resolidifying and
terol separates as a solid product; and on recrys
remelting at 190-194°, the melting points de
tallization from hexane, it forms ?lamentous
pending somewhat on the rate of heating. The
compound shows the required composition
needles melting at ll0-120° 0. (depending on the
rate of heating). The compound has a rotation
CaoI-IszOa; is speci?c rotation [04],,” is +l0l° (in
of [a']D34+111° (in chloroform), and possesses the 40 chloroform); and it is not precipitable by digi
required composition C'uHsoOa. The yield is
practically quantitative; and chromatographic
(b) 1 g. 'l-benzoxy-stigmasterol is re?uxed with
analysis over alumina shows the absence of a de
10 cc. dimethylaniline for three hours, and the
tectable amount of the isomeric monoester, 7
mixture is worked up as described in Example 1
hydroxy-cholesterol benzoate (M. P. 184-l9l° C.). 45 (b). 1.87 g. digitonide is obtained, corresponding
(b) 300 mg. 'l-benzoxy-cholesterol is heated in
to a yield of 55% (calculated as 'I-dehydrostig
a tube evacuated to 2 mm. of mercury to a tem
masterol). The ether residue resulting from
perature of 175? C. for two hours, and the evolved
the decomposition of the digitonide is recrystal
benzoic acid condensed in a cooled trap. The
lized repeatedly from acetone-methanol); the 7
vacuum is then increased to 10-4 mm. mercury, 50 dehydrostigmasterol thus obtained melts at 149
and the resulting distillate collected. The prod
152“, and its speci?c rotation [a1],24 is —-l0l°.
uct, essentially '7-dehydro-cholesterol, is suitable '
The invention may be variously otherwise em
for use in the production of vitamin D3 by irra
bodied within the scope of the appended claims.
diation with ultra-violet light. The yield (based
We claim:
on spectrographic assay) is 53%, and the undis 55
l. The method which comprises treating a '7
tilled residue contains a further amount of '7-de
hydroxy-sterol 'di-ester with sodium methylate.
2. The method which comprises treating a 7
The product maybe further puri?ed Iby dis
hydroxy-sterol di-ester with a hydrolyzing agent
solving it in alcohol, adding an excess of a 1%
under mild reaction conditions.
solution of digitonin in 90% alcohol, decompos 60 3. The method of preparing a '7-dehydro
ing the digitonide with pyridine in the usual man
' sterol, which comprises treating a 'l-hydroxy
ner, and recrystallizing the '7-dehydrocholesterol
sterol di-ester with a hydrolyzing agent under
from acetone and methanol; the puri?ed 'I-de
mild reaction conditions, and converting the
hydrocholesterol melts at 142.5-143.5° C., has a
thus-obtained corresponding 'l-acyloxy-sterol into
rotation of [dings-122°, gives a positive Tortelli 65 the corresponding 7-dehydro-sterol.
Joife and Rosenheim reaction, and exhibits the
4. The method which comprises treating 'I-hy
characteristic ultraviolet spectrum of‘ pure rI-de
droxy-cholesterol di-benzoate with a hydrolyzing
(11-1) 200 mg. 'l-benzoxy-cholesterol is re?uxed
agent under mild reaction conditions.
5. The method which comprises treating 7-hy
for three hours in 10 cc. dimethylaniline under 70 droxy-stigmasterol di-benzoate with a hydrolyz
an atmosphere of nitrogen. The cooled reaction
ing agent under mild reaction conditions.
mixture is acidi?ed with HCl, and extracted with
ether; and the ether extract is washed with suc
Certi?cate of Correction
Patent No. 2,411,177.
November 19,, 1946.
It is hereby certi?ed that errors appear in the printed speci?cation of the above
numbered patent requiring correction as follows: Column 3, line 45, for “cholesterol”
read cholesteryl and for “ 191°” read 192°; line 69,‘for “200” read 250; column 4', line
39, for “is specific” read its specific; line 49, for “methanoly’read methanol; and that
' the said Letters Patent should be read with these corrections therein that the same
may conform to the record of the case in the Patent O?ice.
Signed and sealed this 11th day of February, A. D. 1947.
First Assistant Commissioner of Patents. \
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