The synthesis of the antifolate 5,10-dideaza-5,6,7,8-tetrahydrofolic acid (DDATHF) has been modified. It is prepared from 2-acetamido-6-formyl-4(3H)-pyrido[2,3-b]pyrimidone and [P-(N-[1,3-bis(ethoxycarbonyl)propan-1-yl]aminocarbonyl)]phenylmethyl]-triphenylphosphonium bromide. The synthesis proceeds via a sodium hydride promoted Wittig condensation in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone followed by catalytic reduction, mild base hydrolysis, and acid precipitation of the product. Synthesis of DDATHF is achieved in a total of seven steps from commercially available reagents. DDATHF is transported effectively into CCRF-CEM cells and inhibits growth of both human (CEM) and murine (L1210) cells in culture. Studies reported here support the view that methotrexate and DDATHF are transported via a shared transport mechanism.
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