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Epoxidation of argentilactone (1) with m-chloroperbenzoic acid gave a diasteromeric mixture of 2 and 3 in a ratio 1.8 : 1, with total yield 60%. The configuration of 7,8-oxirane ring for both diasteromers was determined by NMR analysis. Reaction of 1 with urea hydrogen peroxide gave the 3,4-epoxide (4) in 65% yield. The in vitro activity of 2, 3, 4 and… (More)
An efficient and highly stereoselective synthesis of cytotoxic 8-epipuupehedione (1b) was achieved starting from natural (-)-drimenol (6). The key step to obtain stereoselectivity was the simultaneous demethylation and oxidation of the dihydrobenzopyran methoxy derivatives 10a and 10b.
Regioselective halogenation of the terminal isopropylidene unit of different acyclic polyolefinic polyprenoids (farnesyl acetate, geranylgeranyl acetate, squalene, etc.) using NCS/catalytic polymer-supported selenenyl bromide is described; good to excellent yields are obtained (68-96%). The first applications of this protocol include the concise synthesis… (More)