Acta Cryst. (2014). C70, 388-391 [ doi:10.1107/S2053229614003751 ]
Abstract: Dihydroberberine (systematic name: 9,10-dimethoxy-6,8-dihydro-5H-1,3-dioxolo[4,5-g]isoquinolino[3,2-a]isoquinoline), C20H19NO4, a reduced form of pharmacologically important berberine, crystallizes from ethanol without interstitial solvent. The molecule shows a dihedral angle of 27.94 (5)° between the two arene rings at the ends of the molecule, owing to the partial saturation of the inner quinolizine ring system. Although lacking classical O-H or N-H donors, the packing in the crystalline state is clearly governed by C-HN and C-HO hydrogen bonds involving the two acetal-type C-H bonds of the 1,3-dioxole ring. Each dihydroberberine molecule is engaged in four hydrogen bonds with neighbouring molecules, twice as donor and twice as acceptor, thus forming a two-dimensional sheet network that lies parallel to the (100) plane.
CCDC reference: 987722
Keywords: crystal structure; hydrogen bonding; dihydroberberine; berberine derivative; biological activity.
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