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Chloromethyl polystyrene resin was reacted with 5-hydroxysalicylaldehyde in the presence of potassium carbonate to afford polymer-bound 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde. Subsequent reduction with borane solution produced polymer-bound 2-hydroxybenzyl alcohol. The reaction of immobilized 2-hydroxybenzyl alcohol with appropriate phosphitylating reagents yielded solid-phase cycloSaligenyl mono-, di-, and triphosphitylating reagents, which were reacted with unprotected nucleosides, followed by iodine oxidation, deprotection of cyanoethoxy groups, and the basic cleavage, respectively, to afford 5′-O-nucleoside mono-, di-, and triphosphoramidates in 52−73% overall yield.


Yousef Ahmadibeni, Rakesh K. Tiwari and Keykavous Parang are from the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Gongqin Sun is from the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology.