Articles written in Proceedings – Section A
Volume 39 Issue 3 March 1954 pp 144-152
Starting from antiarol a convenient synthesis of 2-methyl-5: 6: 7-trimethoxy (trihydroxy) and 5: 6: 7: 4′-tetramethoxy isoflavones has been carried out. The intermediate ketones are satisfactorily obtained by the Friedel and Craft’s reaction. Since the tetramethoxy isoflavone is identical with tectorigenin trimethyl ether the constitution of tectorigenin as a monomethyl ether of 5: 6: 7: 4′-tetrahydroxy isoflavone is thus confirmed. The location of the methoxyl group is again fixed as 6- by complete ethylation of tectorigenin and synthesis of this triethyl ether by a method analogous to the one described for the trimethyl ether.