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3,@55,88l7
Patented Sept. 25, 1962
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3,055,887
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PROCESS FOR PRGDUCENG G-HALQ-U-HYDROXY
PREGNANES AND INTERMEDEATES THEREIN
Albert Wettstein, Riehen, and Georg Anner and Jindrich
Kebrle, Basel, Switzerland, assignors to Cilia Corpora
I FOR
A] is
3-0113
tion, a corporation of Delaware
No Drawing. Filed Feb. 9, 1960, Ser. No. 7,547
Claims priority, application Switzerland Feb. 12, 1959
9 Claims. (Cl. 26®—239.55)
HO
The present invention is based on the observation that
esters of new halogeno-pregnane compounds of the
CH3
1
BF», or HO]
/ --CH3
HO_
'
10
formula
HCé) itl Oxidation
l Oxidation
CH3
(50
I
15
9312;
CH3
A! 30H
dogs
20
A’ is
~OH;
I i
O:
in which R represents an aliphatic acyl radical, and X 25
EH3
I’
BFg or H01
I
O_
I
l
represents a ?uorine or chlorine atom, and which com
H8 )IClit; 5P2‘)
pounds may contain an additional double bond in the 1:2
position——are obtained when a A5‘17(2°>-3?:20-diacyloxy
l6a-rnethylpregnadieneiof the formula
(3) Acylation
30
is~0Ac
A‘ I-OOAc
so?
or
35
I 3
/\ -—OOAa
J
any
is oxidized with a peracid; the acyloxy groups are then by
drolyzed; in the resulting 3:l7a-dihydroxy-5u:6a-oxido~
16a-methyl~pregnane-20-one, before or after the ‘oxidation
of the 3-hydroxyl group to the keto group, the 5a:6u—
oxido group is opened up to ‘form the 5a-hydroxy-613
?uorohydrin or 5a-hydroxy-6B-chlorohydrin; the 5a-hy—
droxyl group is eliminated While forming the 4:5-double
bend; a 6?-halogeno compound is isomerized to a 6m
halogeno compound; ‘at any desired stage of the process
following the oxidation in the 3~position the 17a-hydroxyl
According to the present process the starting materials
are oxidized with ‘an organic peracid, more especially
perbenzoic iacid, monoperphthalic acid or peracetic ‘acid,
in the presence of a suitable solvent, such as ether and/or
a halogenated hydrocarbon.
The ‘acyloxy groups in the resulting 5 :6;l7:20-diep0x
ides are {advantageously hydrolyzed With an alkaline agent,
such as a solution of ‘a carbonate, bicarbonate or hydrox
group is esteri?ed; and, if desired, a double bond is in 50 ide of an alkali metal in aqueous methanol or ethanol,
troduced into the 1:2-p-osition of the resulting A4-3z20
dioxane or tetrahydrofurane. Likewise suitable ‘are
(llOXO-170t-aCy1OXY-16tl-l'l'l6ihYl-60w?ll0l'0- ‘or -6o¢-chlor0
amines such, for example, as diethylamine, ethylenedia~
pregnene.
mine or ortho-phenylenediarnine. It is of advantage to
The process is represented by the following formulae
separate the preponderant proportion of 5az6a-oxido
in which Ac represents an acyl group and X stands for 55 3,8:17u-dihyvdroxy-l6oc-methy1-20-oxo-pregnane contained
a ?uorine ‘or chlorine atom:
in the product of the hydrolysis from the 5,6.:6,B-isomer
CH5
CH3
—-
as,
A, |
AGO
i
F2205‘) AGO
\5
A’ z
i
.
-—OAc
tum
II
prior to the next process step by crystallization ‘and/or
chromatography on alumina.
For oxidizing the 3-hydroxyl group‘ to the keto group
60
there are suitable oxidizing agents that do not a?ect the
side chain, for example chromic acid/pyridine complex
or, when the reaction period is short, ia mixture of
chromic acid, sulfuric acid and ‘acetone, also N-chloro
or N-rbromo-carbonamides or -imides, such as =bromosuc
cinimide or bromacetamide in an aqueous solution, for
example in aqueous acetone or pyridine.
The splitting of the 5a:6a-epoxide leading to the 619
?uoro- or 6B~chloro~5a~hydroxy compound can be per
l Hydrolysis
70 formed before or after the 3-hydroxyl group has been
oxidized to the 3-keto group. This is carried out with
hydrochloric or hydro?uoric acid in a solvent ‘such as in
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an alcohol, ketone, ether, halogenated hydrocarbon, for
example methylene chloride or chloroform, or preferably
in an aliphatic carboxylic acid of low molecular weight,
H/
a
CH3
such as glacial acetic acid, propionic acid or the like, or
in a mixture of two or more of the said solvents, ad
vantageously at a temperature range of 0 to 30° C. In
to
I
stead of hydrochloric acid or hydro?uoric acid there may
be used pyridine hydrochloride or collidine hydrochloride
or boron tri?uoride-etherate in benzene for splitting the
5otz6a-epoxide. These reactions yield Sa-hydroxy com 10
pounds containing a [?uorine or chlorine atom in the 6,6
5
position. The 3-hydroxy compound is then oxidized to
I
I
HO OH
the corresponding 3-ketone with the use of one of the
(1) Esteri
?cation
i
(2) 0H
T'his uni?cation process is applied with advantage to
afore-mentioned oxidizing agents. For the elimination
of water the 3~oxo-5a-hydroxy-6?-halogeno compounds 15 mixtures of the isomeric 5ot26a-OXldO and 5?z6?-oxido
are treated with bases, for example potassium hydroxide
compounds.
The
or with an acid, ‘for example hydrochloric acid, whereby
A4-3-keto-6B-halogeno compounds are obtained. Depend
ing on the reaction conditions employed—for example
opening the epoxide with hydrogen chloride gas in glacial
acetic acid-the A4-3-keto-6a-halogeno compounds can
A5;17(2°)-3 :20-diacyloxy-l6ot-methyl-pregnadienes
used as starting materials are new; they can be prepared
by converting e.g. A5‘l?-il?-acetoxy-20-keto-pregnadienes
into corresponding l6ot-al‘kyl compounds by treatment
with an alkyl magnesium halide in the presence of cuprous
halide in tetrahydrofuran in the absence of alkyl halide,
and decomposing the resulting ZO-metal-enolates in an
be manufactured in a single reaction step. The isomeriza
tion of the A4-3-keto-6?-hal0geno compounds to the
A4-3-keto-6a-halogeno compounds is advantageously car
acylating medium.
ried out with hydrogen chloride gas in glacial acetic acid. 25
The esters of the resulting 17a-hydroxy compounds
The l7a-esters obtained as ?nal products, such as the
Hot-acetates or 17a-caproates of A4-6a-fluoro-16a-methyl
are obtained by treating the latter in the known manner
with a halide or anhydnide of an aliphatic carboxylic acid,
such as acetic, propionic, butyric, or more especially
methyl- 1 7a-hydroxy-pregnene-3 :20~dione, A1‘4-6a-?uoro
17ot-hydroxy-pregnene - 3:20 - dione, A4-6oc-ChlO1'O-16oc
16u-methyl-17a-hydroxy-pregnadiene - 3:20 - dione and
caproic acid, advantageously in the presence of a catalyst 30 A1’4-6a-chloro-l6ot-methyl - 17a - hydroxy-pregnadiene
such as pyridine, para-toluenesulfonic acid or perchloric
3:20-dione, are distinguished by their high progestative
action which is superior to that of the natural hormone
acid.
The introduction of the 1:2-double bond into a result
ing A4-3z20-dioxo-17ot-acyloxy-l6a-methyl-pregnene con
taining in the 6a-position a ?uorine or chlorine atom, 35
can be carried out with a selenium compound having a
progesterone.
The following examples illustrate the invention.
Example 1
A solution of 4.1 grams of A5‘17(2°)-3B:ZO-diacetoxy
dehydrogenating eifect, for example selenium dioxide or
16a-methyl-pregnadiene in 30 cc. of ether is treated with
selenous 'acid, in a tertiary alcohol, such as \amylene hy
drate or tertiary butanol, or by microbiological dehy
52 cc. of a 0.575 molar ethereal solution of monoper
drogenation. The latter reaction can be performed with 4.0 phthalic acid, and the mixture is kept for 48 hours in
any one of the micro-organisms conventionally used for
the dark at room temperature, whereupon the phthalic
acid formed and the excess monoperphthalic acid are
this purpose, such, for example, as Didymella lycopersici,
Corynebacterium simplex, Bacillus sphaericus, Mycobac
removed by extraction with aqueous sodium carbonate
solution. The ethereal solution is dried with magnesium
terium lacticola, Fusarium solani, or Calonectria decora.
sulfate and evaporated, and the residue is caused to crystal
In the ?rst stage of the process there are obtained as
45 lize by being triturated with methanol. The resulting di
by-products the isomeric 5/3:6,8;17:20-dioxido-3?z20-di
epoxide is a mixture of the four possible isomers which
acyl-oxy-l6u-methyl-pregnanes which, on alkaline hy
differ by their distinct con?guration in the positions 5,
drolysis and acylation in the 3-position, yield a mixture
of the isomeric 5:6-oxido-3,8~acyloxy-l7a-hydroxy-16w
6 and 20. The two isomeric 50c:60¢;l7a220-di0XldO-3B220
methyl-pregnane-ZO-ones. The present invention is based 50 diacetoxy-ldot-methyl-pregnanes can be obtained in the
pure state by fractional crystallization from ether. The
on the observation that the isomeric 5,1326?-oxido com
melting point of the mixture of the two isomers, which
pounds can be converted in a simple manner into the
differ only by their distinct con?guration in the 20-posi
50LZ60L - oxido - 3B - acyloxy-l7ot-hydroxy-l6a-methyl
tion, is within the range of 165 and 190° 0., depending
pregnane-ZO-ones by treating the 5B:6,6-oxi'do compounds
with a mineral acid, such as sulfuric acid, esterifying the 55 on the ratio of the two isomers.
A solution of 4 grams of the mixture of the isomeric
secondary hydroxyl group in the resulting 5a:6B-dihy
5ot:6a;17u:20 - dioxido - 35:20 - diacetoxy-16ot-methyl
droxy compound with a sulfonic acid, such as methane
or para-toluenesulfonic acid, and treating the resulting
pregnanes in 160 cc. of methanol is treated with a solu
sulfonic acid ester with an alkaline ‘agent, such as a
tion of 2 grams of potassium carbonate in 40 cc. of water.
The clear reaction mixture is re?uxed for 1% hours and
then with stirring diluted with twice its own volume of
hot water. The whole is cooled to 0° C. and the crystal
line product is ?ltered off, washed with water until it
is free from alkali, and dried in vacuo at 80° C. The
carbonate or hydroxide of an alkali metal, whereupon
the 5 or : 6OL-OXldO-3 l8: l7ot-dihydroxy-1 6ot-methyl-pregnane
2-0-one is formed. These reactions are represented by the
following formulae:
(ll-0A0
CHa
it
to
-CH3
: I"'CH3
(1) OH
(2) A020
AcO
-——-> A00
0
O
65
5az6a-oxido-3/3z17a-dihydroxy - 16oz - methyl-pregnane
20-one obtained in this manner melts at 245° C.
Example 2
A solution of 0.25 gram of 5az6u-oxido-3?zl7a-dihy
droxy-lGa-methyl-pregnane-ZO-one
in 2.5 cc. of pyridine
70
is poured into a mixture of 0.25 gram of chromium tri
oxide and 2.5 cc. of pyridine. The reaction mixture is
shaken well and kept for 24 hours at room temperature.
The pyridine is then cautiously evaporated in vacuo, the
75 residue is thoroughly triturated with 100 cc. of ether,
5
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and the ethereal solution is successively washed with
dilute acetic acid, sodium carbonate solution and water,
dried and evaporated. The amorphous residue is caused
to crystallize by being sprinkled with ether; the crystal
methyl-17a-hydroxy-pregnene-3:20-dione in 25 cc. of ace~
tone is added under sterile conditions, and the mixture is
further shaken at 27° C. After 2 days, the mycelial mass
is separated and thoroughly washed with water and ethyl
line product is ?ltered off and washed with a small amount
acetate. The combined ?ltrates are exhaustively extracted
with a total of 4 liters of ethyl acetate, and the extracts
of ether, to yield 5a:6a-oxido-16a-methyl-17a-hydroxy
pregnane—3 :20-dione.
are washed with water, dried, and evaporated in vacuo.
The resulting crude extract (1.1 grams) is chromato
Example 3
A solution of 3.3 grams of 5a:6a-oxido-16u-methyl-l7a
graphed on a column of 30 grams of silica gel by the frac
hydroxy-pregnaned:20Ldione in 400 cc. of a lzl-mixture
tion-a1 elution method, the elution being performed with
chloroform and mixtures of chloroform+acetone having
of benzene and ether is treated with 3.3 cc. of boron tri
?uoride etherate, and the reaction mixture is kept for
an ascending content of acetone. The individual fractions
(100 cc. each) are subjected to paper-‘chromatographic ex
8 hours at room temperature, then Washed with aqueous
sodium bicarbonate solution of 5% strength and with
amination. The fractions eluted with chloroform contain
water, dried with magnesium sulfate and evaporated. 15 only impurities, While the fractions eluted with a 9:1-mix
Puri?cation by crystallization from acetone+hexane
ture of chloroform+acetone contain A1=4-6u-?uoro-16a
yields 5 or: 17 a ~ dihydroxy-6?-fluoro46u-methyl-pregnane
methyl-17a-hydroxy-pregnadiene-3 :20-dio-ne which can be
3.:20-dione.
recrystallized from acetone-l-hexane.
When the speci?ed starting material is treated, instead
To esterify the 17a-hydroxy group a solution of 0.5
of with boron tri?uoride etherate, with hydrogen chloride
gram of Alt4-6a-?uoro-l6a-methyl-17a-hydroxy-pregna~
gas in glacial acetic acid for 18 hours, evaporated, washed
until free from acid, dried, and recrystallized from
diene-3 :20-dione in 10 cc. of acetanhydride is treated with
50 mg. of para-toluenesulfonic acid, and the mixture is
kept for 24 hours ‘at room temperature, then poured into
water, the precipitated reaction product is ?ltered 011? and
acetone-I-hexarre, A4-6ot-chloro-16a-methyl-17u-hydroxy
pregnene-3 :20-dione is obtained.
For conversion into the Nor-acetate 1 gram of A4-6n
recrystallized from acetone-l-hexane, toiyield the 17or-ace
chloro- 1 6oc-I1'16thYl-1 7m-hydroxyepregnene-3 :20-dione dis
tate of A1‘4-6w?uoro-16a-methyl - 17a -hydroxy~pregna
diene-3z20-dione. ‘In an analogous manner can be pre
solved in 10‘ cc. of acetanhydride, 120 mg. of para-tolu
enesulfonic acid are added, and the mixture is kept for 24
hours at room temperature, then poured into water, boiled
for a short time on a water bath, ?ltered and the dried res
pared higher esters, for example the 17ot-propionate or
17a-caproate.
3O
idue is crystallized from acctone-l-hexane, to yield A4-6a
Example 7
A suspension of 5 grams of a mixture of 3p:17a~dihy
chloro-l 6a.~methyl-17u-acetoxy-pregnene-3 : 20-dione.
droxy-5az6a-oxido- 16a - methyl-allopregnane-Z‘O-one and
In a similar manner higher 17a.-esters, such, for exam
ple, as the 17a~caproate, of A4-6ot-chlor0-l6u-methyl-17ot
hydroxy~pregnene-3 :20~dione, can be prepared.
Example 4
A ‘solution of 2.1 grams of 5a:6a-oxido-3,8:17a-dihy~
31611701. - dihydroxy - 5,8:6B - oxido-l6ot-methyl-allopreg
nane-ZO-one in 30 cc. of pyridine is treated with 20 cc. of
acetanhydride while being cooled. After 2 hours a clear
solution is obtained. The reaction mixture is kept for 20
hours at room temperature and then cautiously evaporated
droxy-16a-methyl-pregnane-20-one in 300 cc. of a 1:1
in vacuo in a rotary evaporator. The residue is taken up
mixture of benzene and ether is treated with 2.1 cc. of 40 in a mixture of 80 cc. of ethyl acetate and 10cc. of water,
boron tri?uoride etherate. After 6 hours the reaction
mixture is washed with aqueous sodium bicarbonate solu-v
tion and‘ then with Water, dried with magnesium sulfate
and evaporated in vacuo. The residue contains the de
sired 3,8:504: l'lot-‘tl‘i'hYdI'QXY - 6B - ?uoro-16a-methyl-preg
and the organic layer is washed successively with sodium
bicarbonate solution, dilute hydrochloric acid and sodium
chloride solution, dried and concentrated to a volume of
10 cc. The hot solution is mixed with 50 cc. of pentane
45 and, allowed to crystallize in an ice box. Yield: 5.16
nane-20-one which can be converted into the 5a-17a.—di
grams (=approximately 93% of theory). The resulting
hydroxy-6?-?u-oro-16a-methyl-pregnane - 3 :20 - dione de
3-acetate melts at 156-164° C.
A solution of 0.91 gram of 'a 5:6-isomeric mixture of
scribed in Example 3, by oxidation in ‘acetone with excess
8 Neehromic acid at 0° C.
Example 5
Dry hydrochloric acid gas is passed for 2 hours at 15°
50
B?-acetoxy-S :6-oxido-l6wmethyl - 17 - hydroxy-allopreg
nane-20-one in 70 cc. of acetone is diluted with 30 cc. of
water and treated with 1.2 cc. of sulfuric acid of 10%
strength. The clear solution is kept for 72 hours at room
temperature and the acetone is then distilled off in vacuo,
C. into a solution of 1.6 grams of 5uzl7a-dihydroxy-6?
fluoro-16ot-rnethyl-pregnane-3:20-dione in 16 cc. of acetic
to yield 3 ?-acetoxy-Sm 6,8: l7a-trihydroxy-16a-methyl-allo
acid, and the mixture is then kept for 18 hours at room 55 pregnane-20~one which melts at 235—238° C. after having
temperature, then [diluted with water and extracted with
ether. The ethereal solution is washed with aqueous so
dium bicarbonate solution, dried with magnesium sulfate
and evaporated. The resulting crude A4-6oc-?u0I'O-160c
me?hyl-17ot-hydroxy-pregnene~3:20-dione can be puri?ed
by chromatography on silica gel.
The A4-6w?uoro-16wmethyl - 17cc - hydroxy-pregnene
been recrystallized from methanol. Yield: 81% of theory.
A solution of 0.4 gram of 3,3-aC6tOXY-5a36?:17ot-1Tl—
hydroxy-16ot-methyl-allopregnane-ZO-one in 5 cc. of pyri
dine is treated with 500 mg. of methanesulfonyl chloride
while being cooled with ice. The reaction product is kept
for 16 hours at 0° C. and for 3 hours at room tempera
ture, then poured over ice, taken up in ether, and the
3:20-dione described above can be esteri?ed in ‘the 17
ethereal, solution is washed successively with dilute hydro
chloric
acid, sodium bicarbonate solution and water, dried,
procedure yields, for example, the 17a-acetate, 17a-pro~ 65 and concentrated to a volumeof 10 cc. Yield: 0.36 gram
pionate or 17a-caproate of A4-6a-?uoro-16a-methyl-17u
of crystalline 3?-acetoxy-5a:17a-dihydroXy-6B-mesyloxy
hydroxy-pregnene-3 : 20-dione.
16ol-methyl-allopregnane-20~one which decomposes at
170-172" C. Yield: 64% of theory.
Example 6
A solution of 0.17 gram of 3/i-acetoxy-5az 17u-dihy
70
4 liters of ‘beer wort of 70% strength are sterilized in a
droxy-6? — mesyloxy - 16oz - methyl-allopregnane-ZO-one in
shaking vessel (pH 5.1) and inoculated with 150 cc. of
13.5 cc. of methanol is treated with 68 mg. of solid potas
a 2-days old agitated culture of Calonectria decora grown
sium hydroxide. The reaction mixture is refluxed for 3
position by the process according to Example 4. This
on beer wort of 70% strength. The vessel is shaken for
hours, treated with 10 cc. of water, and freed in vacuo in
24 hours at 27° C., during which time the culture de
a rotary evaporator from methanol, whereupon the prod
velops well. A solution of 1 gram of A4—6ot-?11OI‘O—l6ot 75 uct is obtained in ?nely crystalline form. After having
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the
8
from the group consisting of the halide and anhydride of
a lower aliphatic acid to produce the desired halogen
pregnenes of the formula:
been ?ltered OE and dried, the product weighs 0.11 gram
(=approximately 90% of theory). It melts at 220
225° C. while turning slightly brown and is identical with
(EH3
3B:17a-dihydroxy-5az6a-oxido - 16a - methyl - allo
pregnane. 20-one prepared as described in Example 1.
@6302;
Example 8
2 grams of a mixture of 5a:6ot;17a120-diOXidO- and
55:6B;17a:20-dioxido-3/8:20-diacetoxy-16a-methyl - preg
nane prepared as described in Example 1 are dissolved 10
in 100 cc. of benzene and 100 cc. of acetone, 1.2 cc. of
sulfuric acid of 20% strength are added, and the whole
is re?uxed for 1 hour. The reaction mixture is treated
with 2 cc. of pyridine and concentrated to a volume of
about 40 cc. 50 cc. of benzene are then added, and the 15 in which R has the meaning given above an aliphatic acyl
mixture is again concentrated to 40 cc. The residue is
radical and X stands for a member selected from the
treated with 20 cc. of pyridine, and at 0° C. 2 grams
group consisting of chlorine and ?uorine.
2. Process as claimed in claim 1, wherein the isomeric
(=1.32 cc.) of methanesulfonyl chloride are added in
portions. The reaction mixture is kept for 14 hours at
mixture of the 5:6;l7z20-dioxido-3B220 - diacyloxy - 16a
0° C. and then for 6 hours at room temperature. To 20 methylpregnanes obtained after oxidation with a peracid
perform the hydrolysis, a solution of 3 grams of potas
is treated with an oxygenated mineral acid, the secondary
hydroxyl group in the resulting 5az6?-dihydroxy com
sium hydroxide in 400 cc. of methanol is added, the
pound is esteri?ed with a sulfonic acid, the resulting sul
mixture is re?uxed for 3 hours, 200 cc. of water are
fonic acid ester is hydrolysed with an alkaline agent, to
added, and the whole is concentrated in a rotary evap
orator to a volume of about 50 cc. whereupon 5a26oc
25 form 5a:6ot - oxido - 3,8217oc - dihydroxy-l6ct—methyl-preg
oxido-319:17a-dihydroxy-16a-methyl-pregnane-ZO-one pre
nane-20-one.
3. Process as claimed in claim 1, wherein the isomeric
cipitates which melts at 220-225 ‘’ C. Yield: 1.25 grams.
mixture of the 3/8:17a-dihydroxy-5:6-oxido-16a-methyl
If desired, the treatment with sulfuric acid can be fol
lowed by isolation of 3,8-acetoxy-5m6?:17a-trihydroxy
16a-methyl-pregnane-20-one (M.P. 215-220“ C.) which
is then further reacted as described in Example 7.
What is claimed is:
1. Process for the manufacture of lower aliphatic esters
of new halogen-pregnanes, wherein a compound of the
formula:
Maggi.
CH3
in which R represents a lower aliphatic acyl radical is
oxidized with a peracid, the acyloxy groups in the result
ing product are then hydrolyzed with an alkaline agent,
in the resulting 313:17a-dihydroxy-5ct:6a-oxido-l6a-meth
pregnane-ZO-one obtained after oxidation with a peracid
30 and hydrolysis with an alkaline agent is reacylated in the
3-position, the 5:6-oxido-3B-acyloxy-17a-hydroxy-16a
methyl-pregnane-ZO-ones is treated with an oxygenated
mineral acid, the secondary hydroxyl group in the result
ing 5az6?-dihydroxy compound is esteri?ed with a sul
35 fonic acid, and the resulting sulfonic acid ester is hy
drolysed with an alkaline agent, to form 5az6a-oxido
3/3: 17a-dihydroxy-16a-methyl-pregnane-20-one.
4. Process as claimed in claim 1, wherein A5‘1"(2°)
3,8:20-diacetoxy-16u-methyl-pregnadiene is used as start
40
ing material.
5. 3 :20-dioxo-17a-hydroxy - 50::611 - oxido-l6a-methyl
pregnane.
6. 3B-acetoxy-5m6?:17a-trihydroxy-16a-methyl - preg
45
nane-ZO-one.
7. 3-lower aliphatic carboxylic acid esters of 313:5a26/3:
17a-tetrahydroxy-16a-methyl-pregnane-Z0-one.
8. The 6-ester derived from the compounds claimed
in claim 7 and a member selected from the group consist
ing of a lower alkane sulfonic acid and a monocyclic
yl-pregnane-ZO-one the 3-hydroxyl group is oxidized to 50
arylsulfonic acid.
the keto group by means of a member selected from the
9. 3?-acetoxy-6/3-mesyloxy - 50:,170; - dihydroxy
group consisting of a compound of hexavalent chromium,
methyl-pregnane-20-one.
N-X-carbonamides and N-X-carbonimides in which X
stands for a member of the group consisting of chlorine
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and bromine, the resulting 3-keto compound is treated 55
UNITED STATES PATENTS
with a member selected from the group consisting of hy
drochloric acid, hydro?uoric acid, pyridine hydrochloride,
collidine hydrochloride, and boron trifluoride-etherate,
any 5a-hydroxy-G?-halogenhydrin formed is dehydrated
with a. member selected from the group consisting of a
mineral acid and a base to ‘form the 4:5-double bond,
any A4-6l8-halogeno compound formed is isomerized with
hydrogen chloride in glacial acetic acid into the A4-6oc
halogeno compound and at any desired stage of the proc
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Nobile ______________ __ June 3, 1958
Sarett et a1. __________ __ Sept. 22, 1959
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ary 9, 1956).
Szpilfogel et al.: Rec. Trav. Chim. 75, 475-480 (May
ess following the oxidation of the S-hydroxyl group the 65
1956).
17a-hydroxyl group is esteri?ed with a member selected
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