Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1979, 44, 3617-3626

Potential metabolites of the neuroleptic agents noroxyclothepin and oxyclothepin; Synthesis of 8-chloro-3-hydroxy-10-[4-(2-hydroxyethyl)piperazino]- and -10-[4-(3-hydroxypropyl)piperazino]-10,11-dihydrodibenzo[b,f]thiepin

Karel Šindelář, Jiří Holubek, Emil Svátek, Miroslav Ryska, Jiřina Metyšová, Zdeněk Šedivý and Miroslav Protiva

Research Institute for Pharmacy and Biochemistry, 130 00 Prague 3


Substitution reactions of 8,10-dichloro-3-methoxy-10,11-dihydrodibenzo[b,f]thiepin with 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)piperazine and 1-(3-hydroxypropyl)piperazine gave the piperazine derivatives IX andX; their demethylation with boron tribromide led to unfavourable results. New procedure for the synthesis of phenolic amines was elaborated starting with demethylation of 8-chloro-3-methoxydibenzo[b,f]thiepin-10(11H)-one with pyridine hydrochloride, followed by reduction of the hydroxyketone XIII to the diol XIV. Reaction with methanesulfonyl chloride in the presence of triethylamine resulted in the dimethanesulfonic ester XV which was treated with 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)piperazine and 1-(3-hydroxypropyl)piperazine. The aliphatic sulfoester group underwent substitution, confirmed by isolation of compound XII. The aminolysis afforded phenolic compounds VII and VIII being potential metabolites of the neuroleptic agents noroxyclothepin (III) and oxyclothepin (IV). Both phenolic amino alcohols have only very low central depressant and cataleptic activity.