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The rational design and synthesis of a biochemical probe of natural (+)-macrosphelide A, a potent cell-cell adhesion inhibitor, was completed to aid in the identification of its biological target. The key features of the synthesis include: (1) an efficient synthesis of the macrosphelide core structure using Yamaguchi-Hirao alkynylation, (2) a cross(More)
Asymmetric syntheses of both 1-deoxy-6,8a-di-epi-castanospermine and 1-deoxy-6-epi-castanospermine, polyhydroxylated indolizidine alkaloids that act as selective glycosidase inhibitors, have been accomplished in seven steps. The key feature of our unique syntheses includes the stereoselective introduction of the C-3 and C-4 hydroxyl groups utilizing the(More)
A divergent synthetic methodology for a tabernaemontanine-related alkaloid was developed. The synthetic route features practical improvements in the Pictet-Spengler cyclization for the tetrahydro-β-carboline intermediate and an unprecedented tandem Reformatsky-aza-Claisen rearrangement to create the core carbon skeleton and stereochemistries of(More)
Six natural iridoids including jatamanin A, F, G and J, gastrolactone and nepetalactone have been synthesized via the efficient transformation of a core cyclopenta[c]pyran intermediate. Key features of the syntheses include the stereoselective construction of the core cyclopenta[c]pyran skeleton of the iridoid lactones via a Pd(0)-catalyzed intramolecular(More)
The asymmetric formal synthesis of schulzeines A and C is described. Key features of the synthesis include the efficient and stereoselective construction of the benzoquinolizidine skeleton via the aza-Claisen rearrangement-induced ring expansion of the 1-vinyl-N-glycyl-isoquinoline, which was prepared by the highly enantioselective asymmetric allylation of(More)
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