Thomas G. Minehan

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Syntheses of the C-glycosyl flavone natural products aspalathin and nothofagin have been accomplished in eight steps from tribenzyl glucal, tribenzylphloroglucinol, and either 4-(benzyloxy)phenylacetylene or 3,4-bis(benzyloxy)phenylacetylene. The key step of the syntheses involves a highly stereoselective Lewis acid promoted coupling of(More)
The 3,3'-di-O-methyl derivative (15) of the bis-C-aryl glycoside natural product ardimerin (1) has been synthesized in 11 steps from 2,3,4,6-tetrabenzylglucose (2) and 1,2,3-trimethoxybenzene (3). Key steps in the synthesis involve a Lewis acid mediated Friedel-Crafts type glycosylation and a Yamaguchi lactonization under Yonemitsu conditions.(More)
In the presence of indium metal, 3-iodo-2-[(trimethylsilyl)methyl]propene (1) reacts with sequentially added aldehydes to provide cis-2,6-disubstituted tetrahydropyrans in good yields. Evidence suggests that InI, formed upon aldehyde (R1CHO) allylation in aqueous media, acts as a promoter for the silyl-Prins reaction with the second equivalent of added(More)
The anti-peroxyl radical quality of two aqueous rooibos infusions and solutions of their most abundant glycosylated polyphenols was evaluated using pyrogallol red and fluorescein-based oxygen radical absorbance ratios. It was observed that the artificial infusions, prepared using only the most abundant polyphenols present in rooibos and at concentrations(More)
Alpha-alkoxy ketones 3 can be transformed into 1-alkynyl ethers 5 by a two-step procedure involving formation of the enol triflate or phosphate and base-induced elimination. Performing the same reaction sequence with allylic alcohols (R2OH, R2 = allyl) furnishes instead gamma,delta-unsaturated carboxylic acid derivatives 6, derived from [3,3]-sigmatropic(More)
[reaction: see text]. Upon treatment with n-BuLi at low temperatures, a variety of allyl 1,1-dichlorovinyl ethers 2 undergo rearrangement to furnish gamma,delta-unsaturated esters 3 after alcohol addition. Compounds containing quaternary centers (3e: R1 = H, R2, R3 = -(CH2)5-; 3f: R1 = H, R2 = CH3, R3 = (CH2)2CH(CH3)2) may be formed in high yield and under(More)
A series of N-monosubstituted and N,N'-disubstituted derivatives of the indolo[3,2-b]carbazole chromophore have been prepared, and their binding affinity for duplex DNA has been evaluated by ultraviolet and fluorescence spectroscopies. It has been found that indolo[3,2-b]carbazoles bearing basic N-alkyl substituents are intercalators that bind DNA with(More)
Sequential treatment of (ethoxyethynyl)lithium with aldehydes and/or ketones (2 and 4) and BF3·OEt2 gives rise to β-hydroxyenoates 5 in good to excellent overall yields. Similarly, the combination of 1 (M = Li) and dicarbonyl compounds 6 (X = O) or keto/aldehyde acetals (X = OMe) followed by the addition of a Lewis acid leads to five-, six-, and(More)
2-(Alkoxy)propenyl bromides are readily prepared from 1,3-dibromo-2-propanol in a two-step sequence involving hydroxyl protection and sodium hydride-induced dehydrobromination. Indium-mediated allylation of aldehydes, ketones, and sulfonimines with 2-(alkoxy)propenyl bromides furnishes the corresponding homoallylic alcohols and sulfonamines in good yields.(More)
Low temperature treatment of (ethoxyethynyl)lithium with epoxides or oxetanes in the presence of BF3•OEt2, followed by addition of aldehydes or ketones and warming to room temperature, affords structurally diverse five- and six-membered α-alkylidene and α-benzylidene lactones (5) in good to excellent yields. This one-pot process, in which three new(More)