Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1994, 59, 1884-1888

Direct Preparation of 1,2:3,5-Di-O-cyclohexylidene-α-D-xylofuranose from Corncobs and Its Conversion to 1-O-Acetyl-2,3,5-tri-O-benzoyl-D-ribofuranose

Mirjana Popsavin, Velimir Popsavin, Nada Vukojevic and Dušan Miljković

Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg Dositeja Obradovića 3, 21000 Novi Sad, Yugoslavia


A novel synthesis of 1-O-acetyl-2,3,5-tri-O-benzoyl-D-ribofuranose (I) has been described starting from 1,2:3,5-di-O-cyclohexylidene-α-D-xylofuranose (II), obtained directly from the crude xylose syrup originated from corncobs. Partial acid hydrolysis of II gave 1,2-O-cyclohexylidene-α-D-xylofuranose (III). Selective benzoylation of primary C-5 hydroxyl group of III followed by tosylation of C-3 hydroxyl group afforded IV in an overall yield of 67%. Mild acid methanolysis of IV gave the corresponding methyl xylofuranosides V which were further benzoylated to afford 2,5-di-O-benzoyl derivatives VI in 65% yield. Solvolysis of VI in 95% DMF gave a mixture of 2,5- and 3,5-di-O-benzoylribofuranosides VII, which were subsequently converted into the corresponding tribenzoates VIII. An acetolysis of VIII afforded I in an overall yield of 96% related to VI.