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Total Synthesis of (±)-Magnofargesin

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journal contribution
posted on 17.08.2006, 00:00 by Duncan J. Wardrop, Joseph Fritz
A convenient method for the preparation of 2,5-dihydrofurans by using the chemistry of alkynyl(phenyl)iodonium salts is reported. Treatment of 3-alkoxy-1-alkynyl(phenyl)iodonium triflates with sodium benzenesulfinate generates an alkylidenecarbene, which undergoes [1,5]-C-H insertion to form 2-substituted 4-benzenesulfonyl-2,5-dihydrofurans in reasonable yield. These cyclic vinyl sulfones are functionalized in such a way as to make them useful starting materials for the preparation of lignans. The application of this methodology to the first total synthesis of (±)-magnofargesin is disclosed.

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