Roxin Á, MacDonald TD, Zheng G

Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 2014

DOI: 10.1142/S1088424613501058

Here we show the facile synthesis of 132-173-bacteriochlorophyllone a (12), with a distinct seven-membered exocyclic F-ring formed by 132-173-cyclization of bacteriopheophorbide a(16). This is the latest reported bacteriochlorin with such an exocyclic F-ring since 1975 (132-173 cyclobacteriopheophorbide a-enol, 11), and is an analog of previously described natural exocyclic F-ring-containing porphyrins (1–4) and chlorins (5–10). The structure of 12 was confirmed using a combination of 1D 1H NMR, 2D COSY 1H NMR, Jmod 13C NMR and HRMS analysis. The biological activity of 12 was explored, and we found that this compound does not possess strong antioxidant activity like its natural product counterparts, but is a capable photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy.