Total Synthesis of (−)-18-<i>epi</i>-Peloruside A: An Alkyne Linchpin Strategy

A convergent synthetic route toward cytotoxic agent peloruside A that hinges on the use of an alkyne linchpin to assemble the natural product is described. Other highlights of this synthesis include an asymmetric desymmetrization reaction of a 1,3-diol, a one-pot conversion of a dibromoolefin to a stereodefined enone, and a diastereoselective aldol condensation. Misassignment of the absolute stereochemistry of the C18 stereocenter in our synthesis provided the natural product epimeric at the C18 ethyl stereocenter.