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Details for Patent: 8,034,958

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Details for Patent: 8,034,958

Title:2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine derivatives, processes for preparing them and their uses
Abstract: The invention concerns 2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine derivatives of formula I, ##STR00001## wherein the substituents are as defined in the specification, as well as their use as pharmaceuticals. The compounds of the invention are particularly suited for treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy.
Inventor(s): Differding; Edmond (Louvain-la-Neuve, BE), Kenda; Beno t (Emines, BE), Lallemand; Benedicte (Waimes, BE), Matagne; Alain (Gerpinnes, BE), Michel; Philippe (Beersel, BE), Pasau; Patrick (Chastre, BE), Talaga; Patrice (Watermael-Boitsfort, BE)
Assignee: UOB Pharma, S.A. (Brussels, BE)
Filing Date:Feb 17, 2010
Application Number:12/656,808
Claims:1. A method of preparation of compound of formula (I) ##STR00072## wherein X is --CA.sup.1NR.sup.5R.sup.6 or --CA.sup.1-R.sup.8; A.sup.1 is oxygen, sulfur or --NR.sup.9; R.sup.1 is hydrogen, alkyl, aryl or --CH.sub.2--R.sup.1a wherein R.sup.1a is aryl, halogen, hydroxy, amino, nitro or cyano; R.sup.3 is hydrogen, halogen, thiol, nitro, nitrooxy, cyano, azido, carboxy, amido, sulfonic acid, sulfonamide, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, ester, ether, aryl, tetrazolyl, thiazolyl, thienyl, furyl, pyrrolyl, pyridinyl, alkynyloxy, acyloxy, oxyester, oxyamido, alkylsulfonyloxy, alkylsulfinyloxy, arylsulfonyloxy, arylsulfinyloxy, aryloxy, aralkoxy, alkylthio, alkenylthio, alkynylthio, arylthio, formyl, acetyl, propionyl, isobutyryl, valeryl, lauroyl, heptanedioyl, cyclohexanecarbonyl, crotonoyl, furmaroyl, acyloyl, benzoyl, naphtoyl, 4-carboxybutanoyl, oxalyl, ethoxalyl, cysteinyl, oxamoyl, alkylsulfonyl, alkenylsulfonyl, alkynylsulfonyl, arylsulfonyl, alkylsulfinyl, alkenylsulfinyl, alkynylsulfinyl or arylsulfinyl; R.sup.3a is hydrogen, halogen, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl or aryl; R.sup.5, R.sup.6 and R.sup.9 are the same or different and each is independently hydrogen, hydroxy, alkyl, aryl, alkoxy, alkenyloxy, alkynyloxy, acyloxy, oxyester, oxyamido, alkylsulfonyloxy, alkylsulfinyloxy, arylsulfonyloxy, arylsulfinyloxy, aryloxy or arylakoxy; and R.sup.8 is hydrogen, hydroxy, thiol, halogen, alkyl, aryl, alkylthio, alkenylthio, alkynylthio; with the provisos that at least one of R.sup.3 and R.sup.3a is other than hydrogen; and that when the compound is a mixture of all possible isomers, X is --CONR.sup.5R.sup.6 and R.sup.1 is hydrogen, methyl, ethyl or propyl then R.sup.3 and R.sup.3a substitution is other than mono-, di-methyl or mono-ethyl; and that when R.sup.1 and R.sup.3a are both hydrogen and X is --CONR.sup.5R.sup.6 then R.sup.3 is different from carboxy, ester, amido, substituted oxo-pyrrolidine, alkynyloxy, acyloxy, oxyester, oxyamido, alkylsulfonyloxy, alkylsulfinyloxy, arylsulfonyloxy, arylsulfinyloxy, aryloxy, aralkoxy, methyl, naphtyl, phenyl optionally substituted by oxy derivatives or in the para position by an halogen atom; which comprises cyclisation of a compound of formula (AA-II) ##STR00073## wherein R.sup.1, R.sup.3, R.sup.3a and X are as defined above for compound of formula (I) and Q.sup.1 together with the oxygen to which it is attached is a leaving group.

2. The method of preparation of compound of formula (I) according to claim 1 wherein Q.sup.1 is a substituent group selected from, a) alkyl; or b) linear or branched C.sub.1-4-alkyl.

3. The method of preparation of compound of formula (I) according to claim 1 wherein R.sup.1 is alkyl; X is --CA.sup.1NR.sup.5R.sup.6; R.sup.3 is alkyl or alkenyl; and R.sup.3a is hydrogen.

4. A method of preparation of (2S)-2-[(4S)-2-oxo-4-propylpyrrolidinyl]butanamide 158 and (2S)-2-[(4R)-2-oxo-4-propylpyrrolidinyl]butanamide 159 which comprises reduction of compound 374: ##STR00074##

5. The method of preparation according to claim 4 which is performed in the presence of Pd/C in an aqueous solution of NH.sub.4COOH.

6. The method of preparation according to claim 4 which comprises separation of (2S)-2-[(4S)-2-oxo-4-propylpyrrolidinyl]butanamide 158 and (2S)-2-[(4R)-2-oxo-4-propylpyrrolidinyl]butanamide 159.

7. The method of preparation according to claim 4 which affords (2S)-2-[(4R)-2-oxo-4-propylpyrrolidinyl]butanamide 159.
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