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Dibenzo[c,p]chrysene (DB[c,p]C) is the only hexacyclic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon having two Cord regions, both in different chemical environments. Its environmental presence and relative tumorigenic potency are not known due to the lack of synthetic standards. We report here the synthesis of dibenzo[c,p]chrysene (1), its proximate carcinogens, i.e., trans-1,2-dihydroxy- 1,2-dihydro-DB[c,p]C (2) and trans-11,12-dihydroxy-11,12-dihydro-DB[c,p]C (3), and possible ultimate carcinogens, i.e., anti-trans-1,2-dihydroxy-3,4-epoxy-1,2, 3,4-tetrahydro-DB[c,p]C (4) and anti-trans-11,12-dihydroxy-13,14-epoxy-11,12,13, 14-tetrahydro-DB[c,p]C (5). The syntheses of 1 and the appropriately methoxy-substituted DB[c,p]C (12 and 27), key intermediates for the synthesis of its proximate and ultimate metabolites, were tried first using a Suzuki cross-coupling reaction. However, the cyclization of olefins (10 and 11) gave poor yields of the desired products. An alternate method was thus developed employing a photochemical approach. The in vitro metabolism of DB[c,p]C was established with the S9 fraction of liver homogenate from phenobarbital/β- naphthoflavone-induced Sprague-Dawley rats. The major dihydrodiol formed was identified as the fjord region 11,12-dihydroxy-11,12-dihydro-DB[c,p]C, while the major and minor phenols were identified as 11-hydroxy-DB[c,p]C and 12-hydroxy-DB[c,p]C, respectively. Further, the DNA adduction studies with the calf thymus DNA led to a mixture of dA and dG adducts for both fjord region diol epoxides (4 and 5). Interestingly, the dA to dG ratio for 1,2-dihydroxy-3,4- epoxide was much higher (3.2) compared to that of 11,12-dihydroxy-13,14-epoxide (0.5).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4962-4970
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jun 24 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry


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