Short Total Synthesis of (+)-Madindolines A and B

A short and efficient total synthesis of (+)-madindolines A (1) and B (2), potent and selective inhibitors of interleukin 6, has been achieved. The synthesis features a key chelation-controlled 1,4-diastereoselective acylation to generate the quaternary carbon and an intramolecular acylation of allylsilane to build up the cyclopentene unit.