|Title||Stereochemical study of tolperisone, a muscle relaxant agent, by circular dichroism and ultraviolet spectroscopy|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Zsila, F, Hollósi, M, Gergely, A|
|Pagination||720 - 726|
|Keywords||Absolute configuration, Chiral conformer, Circular dichroism and ultraviolet spectroscopy, Dipole-dipole interaction, Nonplanar benzoyl chromophore, Tolperisone|
The stereochemistry of tolperisone, a chiral aryl-alkyl basic ketone was investigated by means of circular dichroism (CD) and ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy. The unusually high optical activity of tolperisone hydrochloride in the n→π* region is interpreted by the presence of a chiral conformer in solution. For stereochemical reasons, the C = O group and the aromatic moiety lack coplanarity by forming an inherently dissymetric chromophore, of M helicity. Similar helicity prevails in the crystal phase, according to the solid-state CD spectrum of (-)-tolperisone HCl salt. The chirality rule proposed by Snatzke for nonplanar benzoyl chromophores predicts the absolute configuration of (-)-tolperisone hydrochloride to be R, in agreement with other α-methyl-β-amino-ketones. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.