Total Synthesis and Absolute Stereochemical Assignment of Kibdelone C

Kibdelones are hexacyclic tetrahydroxanthones and potent anticancer agents isolated from an Australian microbe. Herein, we describe the synthesis of a chiral, nonracemic iodocyclohexene carboxylate EF ring fragment of the kibdelones employing an intramolecular iodo halo-Michael aldol reaction and its merger with an ABCD ring fragment to afford the congener kibdelone C.