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Novel α-hydroxy phosphonic acids via castor oil

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Hydroxy fatty acids (HFAs) have found a number of uses in today's market, with uses ranging from materials to pharmaceuticals. Castor oil has served as a source of a versatile HFA; its principle component, ricinoleic acid, can be isolated from castor oil and has been modified extensively for a number of applications. Additionally, α-hydroxy phosphonates and their corresponding phosphonic acids are a functional moiety that have been shown to display a wide variety of biological activities, as enzyme inhibitors, pesticides, antibiotics and anti-cancer therapeutics. We were interested in combining these two functionalities, HFAs modified to produce α-hydroxy phosphonates and phosphonic acids, as potentially biologically active molecules. We have accomplished the synthesis of two families of α-hydroxy phosphonic acids based on ricinoleic acid: a family that retains the cis alkene found in ricinoleic acid to produce an unsaturated α-hydroxy phosphonic acid and one where the alkene has undergone hydrogenation to produce a saturated α-hydroxy phosphonic acid. These compounds have been produced in high yields and high purity, and the synthesis of these compounds is reported in this manuscript.
Cermak, Diana M. , Cermak, Steven C. , Deppe, Amy B. , Durham, Amber L.
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Industrial crops and products 2012 May, v. 37, no. 1
Elsevier Science
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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