Manuel J Cortés

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The Diels-Alder reaction between two polygodial-derived dienes and simple quinones to yield substituted naphtho- and anthraquinones, is described. The in vitro trypanocide activity for the series was determined. Two of the new compounds showed an activity ten and two times higher, respectively, than nifurtimox and benznidazole, the medicines of choice for(More)
A route to simpler analogues to bioactive puupehedione derivatives involving a hetero Diels–Alder cycloaddition of a o-quinone methide is described. These intermediate species are generated via fluoride-induced desilylation of silyl derivatives of o-hydroxybenzyl iodides. Remarkable short reaction times and very mild experimental conditions are the main(More)
The synthesis of tetracyclic quinones 10a,b, 14a,b, 19a,b and 20a,b is described. The preparations involve regioselective Diels-Alder reactions via trapping the thiazole o-quinodimethane 9 with several benzofuranquinones and benzothiophenequinones. The structure of the regioisomers was assigned through 2D NMR 1H-13C HMBC experiments performed on 10a and(More)
Several reviews have been published on sesquiterpenes, and on drimane-type sesquiterpenes, going through drimenol and related compounds among others. However, to our knowledge, this is the first review exclusively on drimenol. Although, the main focus is on drimenol as a synthon for other drimane-type compounds, synthetic routes to obtain racemic and(More)
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)
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.
The reaction of (+)-euryfuran 1 with several benzo-, naphtho- and benzo[b]thiophene-1,4-quinones in acetic acid yields the corresponding euryfuryl-1,4-quinones 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, and 14. The structure of compounds 7, 8, 12, and 14 was assigned through 2D NMR 1H-13C HMBC experiments. The influence of the acidity of the solvent upon the reactivity and(More)
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)
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