ABSTRACT: Molecular iodine facilitated the reaction of 5,5-dimethyl-1,3-cyclohexanedione with aromatic aldehydes in iso-propanol affording a variety of 1,8-dioxo-octahydroxanthenes in high yields. Most of the compounds synthesized showed good anti-proliferative properties in vitro against three cancer cell lines and 9-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-3,3,6,6-tetramethyl-3,4,5,6,7,9-hexahydro-1H-xanthene-1,8(2H)-dione possessing a 2-hydroxy phenyl group at C-9 position was found to be promising. Further structure elaboration of the same compound and the crystal structure analysis and hydrogen bonding patterns of another compound that is, 9-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3,3,6,6-tetramethyl-3,4,5,6,7,9-hexahydro-1H-xanthene-1,8(2H)-dione prepared by using this methodology is presented.
Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 03/2012; 22(6):2186-91. · 2.65 Impact Factor