Short synthesis of 2-methoxyestradiol and 2-hydroxyestradiol

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Abstract

The estrogen metabolite 2-methoxyestradiol was synthesized from estradiol bis-THP-ether which was 2-hydroxylated using the superbase LIDAKOR, trimethyl borate, and H2O2, then methylated and deprotected to obtain 2-methoxyestradiol in three steps and 61% yield. 2-Hydroxyestradiol was obtained by deprotecting the 2-hydroxyestradiol bis-THP-ether from the first step.

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