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Nitrilase mediated mild hydrolysis of a carbon-14 nitrile for the radiosynthesis of [14C]-SHP-141

A strategy has been developed for the carbon-14 radiosynthesis of [14C]-SHP-141, a 4-(7-hydroxycarbamoyl-heptanoyloxy)-benzoic acid methyl ester derivative containing a terminal hydroxamic acid. The synthesis involved four radiochemical transformations. The key step in the radiosynthesis was the conversion of the 7-[14C]-cyano-heptanoic acid benzyloxyamide [14C]-4 directly into the carboxylic acid derivative, 7-benzyloxycarbamoyl-[14C]- heptanoic acid [14C]-8 using nitrilase-113 biocatalyst.

The final step involved deprotection of the benzyloxy group using catalytic hydrogenation to facilitate the release of the hydroxamic acid without cleaving the phenoxy ester. [14C]-SHP-141 was isolated with a radiochemical purity of 90% and a specific activity of 190 μCi/mg from four radiochemical steps starting from potassium [14C]-cyanide in a radiochemical yield of 45%.

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