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A Bioinspired Cyclization Sequence Enables the Asymmetric Total Synthesis of Dictyoxetane

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posted on 09.05.2016, 00:00 by Cedric L. Hugelshofer, Thomas Magauer
We have developed the first synthesis of the unique oxetane containing diterpene (+)-dictyoxetane. Our retrosynthetic planning was guided by the putative biosynthesis of the unprecedented 2,7-dioxatricyclo­[,8]­nonane ring system. A bioinspired 4-exo-tet, 5-exo-trig cyclization sequence enabled the construction of the synthetically challenging dioxatricyclic framework. The overall synthesis proceeds in 15 linear steps from a known and readily available trans-hydrindane fragment. In addition, we were able to realize the first dyotropic rearrangement of an epoxide–oxetane substrate.