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Enantioselective Synthesis of the C10–C20 Fragment of Fusicoccin A

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posted on 19.08.2011, 00:00 by Anja Richter, Christian Hedberg, Herbert Waldmann
A synthesis of the fully protected C-ring fragment of the tricyclic diterpene fusicoccin A is reported. The desired cyclopentenyl halides 5a,b are obtained in a total of nine steps. Key transformations of the synthesis sequence are a nonconventional Cr-catalyzed allylic oxidation of a protected intermediate cylcopentenone, a diastereoselective addition of a propenyl Grignard/CeCl3 reagent to the unmasked cyclopentenone, and an asymmetric hydroboration of the isopropenyl substituent. The protected and suitably functionalized C-ring fragment paves the way to explore further the total synthesis of fusicoccin A.