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C. J. Hawker, P. M. Petersen, F. J. Leeper and A. R. Battersby
"Biosynthesis of porphyrins and related macrocycles. Part 49. Exploration of synthetic routes to analogues of the spiro-intermediate for porphyrin biosynthesis"
J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 1998, 1519-1530. Full Text

The proposed intermediacy of the spiro-pyrrolenine for the biosynthesis of uroporphyrinogen III has focussed attention on its synthesis. Several different approaches to close analogues of this compound are explored, including (a) the synthesis of a dilactone bridged dipyrrolic pyrrolenine, (b) deactivation of two of the pyrrole rings of the macrocycle by attaching 3-methoxycarbonyl groups and (c) approaches to spiro-macrocyclic compounds via dipyrroketones. The chemistry of the different types of synthetic intermediates is described.

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