A practical, chemoenzymatic, four-step synthesis of the LTD4 antagonist MK-0679 is described. The key steps are enzymatic hydrolysis of the prochiral diester to the ester-acid in 99% enantiomeric excess followed by aluminum mediated amidation of the methyl ester to afford MK-0679 in high overall yield. This synthesis is superior to the synthesis of the racemate MK-0571.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)