After the development of accelerators as neutron source, the access to new suitable agents for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) became a major need. Among many others, sugar boronic acids have recently attracted attention as boron carriers. Herein we report the synthesis and preliminary biological studies of two new sugar analogues containing a boronic acid at the anomeric position. The analogues were obtained by hydroboration of proper open-chain terminal alkenes that, after quenching with water, spontaneously afforded cyclic boronic acids with hemiacetal-like structures.
Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2019, 15, 1355–1359. doi:10.3762/bjoc.15.135