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Remarkable Control of Radical Cyclization Processes of Cyclic Enyne:  Total Syntheses of (±)-Methyl Gummiferolate, (±)-Methyl 7β-Hydroxykaurenoate, and (±)-Methyl 7-Oxokaurenoate and Formal Synthesis of (±)-Gibberellin A12 from a Common Synthetic Precursor

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posted on 10.02.2001, 00:00 by Masahiro Toyota, Masahiro Yokota, Masataka Ihara
Total syntheses of (±)-methyl gummiferolate (13b), (±)-methyl 7β-hydroxykaurenoate (14b), and (±)-methyl 7-oxokaurenoate (14d) and a formal synthesis of (±)-gibberellin A12 (15) have been accomplished through the common synthetic precursor, (3aR*,7aR*)-3,3-dimethyl-7a-(2-propynyl)-3a,4,7,7a-tetrahydroisobenzofuranone (16). The homoallyl−homoallyl radical rearrangement reaction of the monocyclic enyne 25, derived from 16 in two steps, afforded the bicyclo[2.2.2]octane compound 26, which was converted to (±)-methyl gummiferolate (13b). In contrast, the radical cyclization of the bicyclic enyne 16 gave the tricyclic lactone 19, leading to (±)-methyl 7β-hydroxykaurenoate (14b) and (±)-methyl 7-oxokaurenoate (14d). Transformation of 14d into lactone 20 was carried out in a single step under bromination conditions. This constitutes a formal total synthesis of gibberellin A12 (15).

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