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In recent years the apparent impact of vitamin D deficiency on human health has gained increased awareness. Consequently, the development of appropriate assays to measure the status of medicinally most relevant vitamin D metabolites in human blood, serum or relevant tissue is continuously being improved. Particularly, assaying of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, in turn considered as the most active metabolite, is mainly indicated in disorders leading to calcaemia or those resulting from an impaired 1α-hydroxylation of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3. Thus, in some competitive protein binding and ELISA assays, biotin-linked 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 LC-biotin) is employed for measurement of actual calicitriol concentration. A new efficient synthesis of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 LC-biotin is described, starting with readily available vitamin D2, and combining a classical approach to access 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, appropriate OH-protective group transformations, and a C-3-O-alkylation, suitable to connect the biotin-linker in a reliable, selective and high yielding strategy. The developed methodology is applicable to the synthesis of a wide variety of C-3-OH-linked vitamin D3 and D2 derivatives. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Lars Kattner, Dan Bernardi. An efficient synthesis of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 LC-biotin. The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology. 2017 Oct;173:89-92

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