Synthesis of the alkenyl-substituted tetracyclic core of the bisabosquals.


HCl-catalyzed deprotection and cyclization of benzylic alcohol 15 cleanly provided tricycle 16 by a cis-selective intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction. Acetylation of the phenol, bis epoxidation, and base-catalyzed hydrolysis and cyclization afforded tetracycle 19 with the bisabosqual skeleton, but the wrong stereochemistry at the tertiary alcohol. Selective… (More)