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Synthesis of Epoxyquinol A and Related Molecules:  Probing Chemical Reactivity of Epoxyquinol Dimers and 2H-Pyran Precursors

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posted on 22.07.2005, 00:00 by Chaomin Li, John A. Porco
Total syntheses of the epoxyquinoid dimers, epoxyquinols A, B, and epoxytwinol A (RKB-3564 D), have been accomplished employing [4 + 2] and [4 + 4] dimerization of 2H-pyran epoxyquinol monomers. Modifications of 2H-pyran precursors have been explored, including alteration of epoxy alcohol and diene stereochemistry. A stable 2H-pyran prepared by alteration of the epoxyquinol 2H-pyran nucleus was evaluated as a diene in Diels−Alder cycloaddition with reactive dienophiles. Extensive studies for improving the [4 + 4] dimerization of selectively protected 2H-pyran monomers to afford the novel epoxyquinoid dimer epoxytwinol A were carried out, and valuable insight regarding competitive [4 + 2] and [4 + 4] dimerization processes has been obtained. In addition, chemical reactivities and structural modifications of epoxyquinol dimers have been evaluated, including [2 + 2] photocycloaddition and [3,3] sigmatropic rearrangement, indicating the possibility for production of novel structural diversity from dimeric epoxyquinoid natural product frameworks.