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psycosmo

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halogenating alkyltryptamines
« on: September 08, 2001, 12:03:00 AM »
If one were to treat an NN, dialkylated tryptamine with say Cl2, I2, or Br2, what position(s) on the aromatic ring would the halogen end up on? How does the fact that the pyrrole is attached to 2 positions on the benzene effect ortho-para substitution?
Anyway, is there any chance that the halogen might end up in the 4- position?
I note that in descriptions of the psilocin biosynth pathway the OH as added after N-alkylation
If this is so then It might be interesting to treat some plant xTracts with a halogen, then NaOH....

Rhodium

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Re: halogenating alkyltryptamines
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2001, 02:17:00 PM »
I don't know for sure, but I'm afraid that regular halogenation would place the halogen in the 2-position on the indole ring. But besides that, the 5-position is the most activated spot on the benzene part of the molecule.

Stonium

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Re: halogenating alkyltryptamines
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2001, 03:06:00 PM »
Is this a topic for the Newbee forum?

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Lilienthal

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Re: halogenating alkyltryptamines
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2001, 08:37:00 PM »
It's the 2-position which will be substituted.

megamole

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Re: halogenating alkyltryptamines
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2001, 07:05:00 AM »
If you halogenate using Br2, you will get a mixture of 5- and 7- halogenation. The nitrogen in the 1-position activates the benzene ring, i.e. ortho-,para-directing, respective to itself. You can select the 5-position by acetylating the 1-position, which provides steric hindrance to protect the 7-position. Alternatively, you can halogenate exculsively the 7-position by selecting a halogenating agent that coordinates with the amine (the reagent escapes me at the moment.)

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