An improved process for the synthesis of latanoprost having excellent optical purity (de 99.9%, [α]D20 = +35.37° (c = 0.90, acetonitrile)) without use of preparative HPLC is described. This process involves effective purification of hydroxyl intermediate (5A) through solvent crystallization followed by inhibition of inversion of the chiral center at C-15 position. This was possible due to judicious use of diol intermediate (6) for double bond reduction prior to hydroxyl protection.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry