Joëlle Prunet

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During our studies toward the synthesis of the ABC ring system of hexacyclinic acid, we have observed a dramatic influence of the solvent on both our key steps. The diastereoselectivity of the intermolecular Michael addition could be totally reversed by changing the polarity of the solvent, and trifluoroethanol was found to be the optimal solvent for the(More)
BC ring-systems of taxol with different or no protecting group for the C1,C2-diol moiety have been efficiently synthesized. The eight-membered B ring is formed by a ring-closing metathesis reaction (RCM) between the C10 and C11 carbon atoms. The influence of the 1,2-diol protecting group on the RCM reaction has been studied in detail.
A highly functionalized intermediate in the synthesis of Taxol has been synthesized, which features the tricyclic core and the required oxygen substituents at C1, C2, C7, C10, and C13. The key step, a ring-closing dienyne metathesis (RCDEYM) reaction, has been thoroughly optimized to favor the tricyclic product over the undesired bicyclic product resulting(More)
A new method is described for the synthesis of ribofuranoses modified at the C3 and C5 positions. The key step is an intramolecular oxa-Michael reaction on a vinyl sulfoxide to install the C2 hydroxy group. The methyl furanosides are obtained by Pummerer rearrangement of the sulfoxide into the corresponding aldehyde, acidic deprotection of the benzylidene(More)
We have designed a new method to make synthons encompassing a protected syn 1,3-diol motif and an aldehyde alpha to the 1,3-dioxane ring. An additional stereocenter was also created, potentially leading to stereochemically defined 1,2,4-triols. This method was successfully applied to the synthesis of the C16-C24 portion of Dolabelides.
We have developed a tandem conjugate addition-elimination sequence for the diastereoselective synthesis of protected allylic syn-1,3-diols, starting from vinyl sulfones. The sulfonyl group was then reduced with sodium amalgam to furnish the E-olefin as the major isomer. This method was applied to the synthesis of a trisubstituted alkene modeling the C21-C25(More)
A highly demanding cross-metathesis (CM) reaction for the formation of the C24-C25 trisubstituted olefin of dolabelide C has been optimized. A difference in reactivity between the E and Z enone isomers in this reaction was uncovered, and the selection of the Z isomer of the starting enone was critical for the success of the cross-metathesis. Application to(More)
We have developed a new conjugate addition-elimination sequence for the diastereoselective synthesis of protected allylic syn 1,3-diols which are Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts. The synthesis of the substrates involves a challenging cross-metathesis reaction that leads to hindered trisubstituted olefins.