Glucosides of morphine derivatives: Synthesis and characterization

András Váradi, Dóra Lévai, Gergö Tóth, Péter Horváth, Béla Noszál, Sándor Hosztafi

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Six 3-O- and 6-O-glucosides of morphine and codeine derivatives were synthesized by means of glucosylation with acetobromo-α-d-glucose. O-Glucosylation at C6 was carried out by the Koenigs-Knorr method, whereas the 3-O-glycoside of morphine was synthesized directly upon stirring morphine with acetobromo-α-d-glucose and aqueous sodium hydroxide in acetone. Complete 1H and 13C NMR assignments are presented for each synthesized compound based on one- and two-dimensional homo- and heteronuclear NMR techniques. Circular dichroism, ultraviolet absorbance, and high-resolution mass spectroscopy data ensure identification and structural characterization of the O-glucoside conjugates. The synthesized glucoside conjugates are potential analgesics; the presented spectral and chromatographic data are useful references for various analytical and metabolic studies including samples of biological origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalMonatshefte fur Chemie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Alkaloids
  • Glucoside
  • High-pressure liquid chromatography
  • Morphine
  • NMR spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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