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Synthesis of Cruentaren A

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posted on 21.12.2012, 00:00 by Bhaskar Reddy Kusuma, Gary E. L. Brandt, Brian S. J. Blagg
Cruentaren A, an antifungal benzolactone produced by the myxobacterium Byssovorax cruenta, is highly cytotoxic against various human cancer cell lines and a highly selective inhibitor of mitochondrial F-ATPase. A convergent and efficient synthesis of cruentaren A is reported, based upon a diastereoselective alkylation, a series of stereoselective aldol reactions utilizing Myers’ pseudoephedrine propionamide, an acyl bromide mediated esterification, and a ring-closing metathesis (RCM) as the key steps. The RCM reaction was applied for the first time toward the total synthesis of cruentaren A, which led to a convergent and efficient synthesis of the natural product.