Synthetic experiments in the benzopyrone series

Part XLI. Constitution of tectorigenin and synthesis of tectorigenin triethyl ether
  • M. Krishnamurti
  • T. R. Seshadri


Starting from antiarol a convenient synthesis of 2-methyl-5: 6: 7-trimethoxy (trihydroxy) and 5: 6: 7: 4′-tetramethoxy isoflavones has been carried out. The intermediate ketones are satisfactorily obtained by the Friedel and Craft’s reaction. Since the tetramethoxy isoflavone is identical with tectorigenin trimethyl ether the constitution of tectorigenin as a monomethyl ether of 5: 6: 7: 4′-tetrahydroxy isoflavone is thus confirmed. The location of the methoxyl group is again fixed as 6- by complete ethylation of tectorigenin and synthesis of this triethyl ether by a method analogous to the one described for the trimethyl ether.


Isoflavone Anhydrous Potassium Carbonate Ethyl Iodide Anhydrous Aluminium Chloride Tectorigenin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Krishnamurti
    • 1
  • T. R. Seshadri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of DelhiDelhi

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