Synthesis of the Sialic Acid (-)-KDN and Certain Epimers from (-)-3-Dehydroshikimic Acid or (-)-Quinic Acid
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(-)-3-Dehydroshikimic acid (3-DHS, 4), a C(7)-building block now available in large quantity from corn syrup, has been converted into the sialic acid (-)-KDN (3) as well as its C-7- and C-8-epimers. (-)-Quinic acid can be used for the same purpose.
Organic Chemical Synthesis