A two-step route to MK-4482 (EIDD-2801, 1) was developed consisting of an esterification and hydroxamination of cytidine. The reactions can be conducted in either order with overall yields of 67% (first step—esterification) and 37% (first step—hydroxamination). Selective esterification of the nucleoside’s primary alcohol by enzymatic means eliminated the need for diol protection/deprotection, and direct transamination with hydroxylamine precluded the necessity of activating the nucleobase for amine coupling. This results in a significant advancement over the reported synthesis which is formed in at best 17% yield. The step count is reduced from five transformation to two, and the more expensive uridine is replaced with the more available cytidine.
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