A practical synthesis of a key pharmaceutical intermediate, 2-[(1H-pyrrolo[2,3-b]pyridine-4-yl)methylamino]-5-fluoronicotinic acid (1), is described. To introduce the aminomethyl moiety of 2 via a palladium-catalyzed cyanation/reduction sequence, a regioselective chlorination of 7-azaindole via the N-oxide was developed. A highly selective monodechlorination of 2,6-dichloro-5-fluoronicotinic acid was discovered to afford the nicotinic acid 3. The two building blocks 2 and 3 were then coupled to complete the preparation of 1.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry