Halocarbocyclization entry into the oxabicyclo[4.3.1]decyl exomethylene-δ-lactone cores of linearifolin and zaluzanin A: Exploiting combinatorial catalysis

Sandeep K. Ginotra, Jacob A. Friest, David B Berkowitz

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A streamlined entry into the sesquiterpene lactone (SQL) cores of linearifolin and zaluzanin A is described. Stereochemistry is controlled through transformations uncovered by ISES (In Situ Enzymatic Screening). Absolute stereochemistry derives from kinetic resolution of 5-benzyloxypentene-1,2-oxide, utilizing a β-pinene-derived-Co(III)-salen. Relative stereochemistry (1,3-cis-fusion) is set via formal halometalation/carbocyclization, mediated by [Rh(O 2CC 3F 7) 2] 2/LiBr. Subsequent ring-closing metathesis (RCM-Grubbs II) yields the title exomethylene-δ-lactone SQL cores. In complementary fashion, RCM with Grubbs-I catalyst provides the oxabicyclo[3.3.1]nonyl core of xerophilusin R and zinagrandinolide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-971
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 17 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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