Compared with 4′-oxonucleosides, there have been far fewer systematic structure-activity relationship studies on carbocyclic nucleosides as antiviral and antitumour agents. This is mainly because of the synthetic problems in preparing the carbasugars. However, the recent discovery of the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) (a powerful tool for the preparation of 5-membered carbasugar via C-C bond formation) has made it possible to synthesize the key carbasugars to a preparative scale. This review summarizes the asymmetric syntheses of carbasugars and carbocyclic nucleosides, using an RCM reaction as a key step. Furthermore, the review includes valuable information for designing and synthesizing novel carbocyclic nucleosides.
Antiviral Chemistry and Chemotherapy – SAGE
Published: Jun 23, 2016
Keywords: carbocyclic nucleosides,ring-closing metathesis (RCM),asymmetric synthesis,antiviral,carbasugars