Synthesis of (+)- and (-)-nojirimycin and their 1-deoxyderivatives from myo-inositol

Noritaka Chida, Yuka Furuno, Hiroyuki Ikemoto, Seiichiro Ogawa

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The conversion of the naturally abundant cyclitol, myo-inositol (4), into (+)-nojirimycin (la), its enantiomer (1b), and their 1-deoxy analogues (2a and 2b) is described. Biological assay of 2a, 2b, and the bisulfite adducts of 1a and 1b (3a and 3b) showed that the compounds having the unnatural l-gluco configuration (2b and 3b) possess moderate-to-high inhibitory activity against almond β-d-glucosidase and bovine liver β-d-galactosidase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-194
Number of pages10
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Dec 31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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