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Construction of the Tricyclic 5−7−6 Scaffold of Fungi-Derived Diterpenoids. Total Synthesis of (±)-Heptemerone G and an Approach to Danishefsky’s Intermediate for Guanacastepene A Synthesis

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posted on 2010-12-17, 00:00 authored by Karol Michalak, Michał Michalak, Jerzy Wicha
An efficient and operationally simple synthesis of the neodolestane diterpenoids (±)-heptemerone G and (±)-guanacastepene A is reported. The common tricyclic scaffold (±)-4 was prepared from 2-methylcyclopent-2-en-1-one via 23 isolated intermediates in 5.1% yield. The key features include a novel annulation sequence combining tandem conjugate addition, methylenation, and metathesis reaction and completely diastereoselective transformation of the azulene derivative 23 into rings AB building block 32. Stereochemistry of alkylation of both saturated trans-azulene enolate 38 and its α,β-unsaturated counterpart 48 was examined. Rather surprisingly, a different facial selectivity was recorded. Several synthetic methods were modified or developed, including an alternative methodology for the Wharton-type rearrangement, ketalization of epimerizable ketone under mild conditions, and efficient alkylation of a ketone via its kinetic enolate.