An improved synthesis for the (Z)-14-methyl-9-pentadecenoic acid was developed based on the appropriate use of (trimethylsilyl)acetylene as the key reagent in the synthesis. The reported synthesis started with commercially available 8-bromo-1-octanol and furnished the desired acid in seven steps and in a 16% overall yield, a significant improvement over the previous reported synthesis for this fatty acid. The synthesis reported herein afforded sufficient amounts to study the acid topoisomerase I inhibitory potential and it was found that the title acid inhibits the human placenta DNA topoisomerase I enzyme at concentrations of 500 μM.
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