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An Efficient and Stereoselective Synthesis of Xerulin via Pd-Catalyzed Cross Coupling and Lactonization Featuring (E)-Iodobromoethylene as a Novel Two-Carbon Synthon

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posted on 15.12.1999, 00:00 authored by Ei-ichi Negishi, Asaf Alimardanov, Caiding Xu
Xerulin, an inhibitor of cholesterol biosynthesis, has been synthesized from commercially available (E)-1-bromopropene, acetylene, and propynoic acid in five steps (longest linear sequence) in 30% overall yield and >96% stereoselectivity. The preparation of (E)-iodobromoethylene and its use in the Pd-catalyzed cross coupling are two of the novel aspects of the synthesis reported herein.

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