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Total Synthesis of 8,14-Dihydromorphinandienone Alkaloids

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posted on 2014-03-21, 00:00 authored by Bahman Ghavimi, Philip Magnus
A collective synthesis of 8,14-dihydronorsalutaridine, 8,14-dihydrosalutaridine, norisosinomenine, and isosinomenine is reported. The strategy provides direct access to the correct oxidation level of the products. The combination of an organocatalyst guanidine superbase, a tertiary amine base, and a dehydrating agent was necessary for the successful Henry–Michael–dehydration cascade to form the phenanthrene motif. The required selective aliphatic nitro reduction could only be achieved under heterogeneous transfer–hydrogenation conditions.