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Total Syntheses of (+)-Alopecuridine, (+)-Sieboldine A, and (−)-Lycojapodine A

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posted on 2012-09-21, 00:00 authored by Xiao-Ming Zhang, Hui Shao, Yong-Qiang Tu, Fu-Min Zhang, Shao-Hua Wang
(+)-Alopecuridine, (+)-sieboldine A, and (−)-lycojapodine A, three structurally unique and related lycopodium alkaloids, have been synthesized in enantiomeric forms through an efficient strategy. The main synthetic approach for (+)-alopecuridine features a semipinacol rearrangement of hydroxyl epoxide to construct the spiro 6,9-azacarbocycles with an all-carbon quaternary center and a late-stage SmI2-mediated intramolecular coupling to form the 5-membered ring. Subsequently, the biomimetic synthesis of (+)-sieboldine A and (−)-lycojapodine A was accomplished successfully through two different bioinspired oxidations after a wide search for the oxidation methods. As a result, (+)-sieboldine A was derived from (+)-alopecuridine through an N-oxidation/nitrone formation process and (−)-lycojapodine A through an interesting cyclic hemiketal formation/oxidative diol cleavage pathway. These results confirmed the biogenetic relationship among the three alkaloids.