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Total syntheses of two 16-member libraries of murisolin isomers are reported. In the first library, fluorous PMB (p-methoxybenzyl) groups encode configurations, and four mixtures of four dihydroxy-tetrahydrofurans are prepared by Shi epoxidation followed (optionally) by Mitsunobu reaction. The mixtures are coupled by Kocienski-Julia reaction with a single… (More)
Characterizing a stereoisomer library of 28 of the 64 possible isomers of the acetogenin murisolin, including 24 of the 32 possible diastereomers, provides a complete picture of the spectra of this class of molecules. Remarkably, each of the 32 diastereomers exhibits one of only six sets of substantially identical (1)H NMR spectra under standard conditions.… (More)
[reaction: see text] Chelation between gamma-hydroxybutynenitrile and Grignard reagents triggers a particularly facile anionic conjugate addition reaction. Structurally diverse Grignard reagents add with equal efficiency, providing an intermediate anion that stereoselectively alkylates benzaldehyde in an overall addition-alkylation reaction.
t-BuOK-induced deprotonation of omega-haloalkylnitriles generates remarkably stable potassiated nitriles. In situ deprotonation and alkylation of omega-chloroalkylnitriles with aldehyde electrophiles trigger sequential nucleophilic-electrophilic alkylations generating substituted tetrahydrofuranyl and tetrahydropyranyl nitriles. Redirecting the cyclization… (More)
Efficient syntheses of suitably functionalized top and bottom fragments of tetrafibricin are described. The bottom fragment is prepared by two consecutive Kocienski-Julia couplings, while the top fragment synthesis features a dithiane alkylation and a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction.
An unusual reaction between 1,3-dithiane anions and by 5-(alkylsulfanyl)-1-phenyltetrazoles has been discovered in which the dithiane anion formally displaces the 1-phenyltetrazole ring from sulfur to provide a sulfanylated dithiane.
The principles of the oligoethylene glycol (OEG) mixture synthesis are illustrated with the synthesis of all four possible stereoisomers of a hydroxybutenolide fragment common to murisolin and many other acetogenins. Modified dimethoxybenzyl groups with varying numbers of OEG units (-CH2CH2O-) are used to protect alcohols and serve as codes for… (More)