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A new route to furanoeremophilane sesquiterpenoids. Synthesis of Senecio metabolites (+/-)-6-hydroxyeuryopsin, (+/-)-1,10-epoxy-6-hydroxyeuryopsin, (+/-)-toluccanolide A and (+/-)-toluccanolide C

By L.H. Mace, M.S. Shanmugham, J.D. White and M.G.B. Drew


A new strategy for the synthesis of sesquiterpenoids of the furanoeremophilane family was developed in which the tricyclic nucleus was assembled in an A + C -> A - C -> A - B - C sequence. The A - C connection was made via coupling of a cyclohexenylmethyl bromide with a stannylfuran under "ligandless" Stille conditions, and the key cyclization which closed ring B was accomplished with complete stereocontrol by intramolecular formylation of a 2-silylfuran in the presence of trimethylsilyl triflate. This route was used to complete the first total syntheses of the furanoeremophilane 6-hydroxyeuryopsin and the eremophilenolides toluccanolide A and toluccanolide C, as well as a formal synthesis of 1,10-epoxy-6-hydroxyeuryopsin

Year: 2006
DOI identifier: 10.1039/b513398j
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