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A Stereoselective Synthesis of Digitoxin and Digitoxigen Mono- and Bisdigitoxoside from Digitoxigenin via a Palladium-Catalyzed Glycosylation

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posted on 14.09.2006, 00:00 by Maoquan Zhou, George A. O'Doherty
A convergent and stereocontrolled route to trisaccharide natural product digitoxin has been developed. The route is amenable to the preparation of both the digitoxigen mono- and bisdigitoxoside. This route featured the iterative application of the palladium-catalyzed glycosylation reaction, reductive 1,3-transposition, diastereoselective dihydroxylation, and regioselective protection. The natural product digitoxin was fashioned in 15 steps starting from digitoxigenin 2 and pyranone 8a or 18 steps from achiral acylfuran.