Enantioselective synthesis and absolute configuration determination of hydroxywilfordic acid in sesquiterpene pyridine alkaloids
An enantioselective synthetic route to hydroxywilfordic acid, a key subunit of sesquiterpene pyridine alkaloids such as wilfortrine, was developed. Asymmetric cyanation using Jacobsen's (R,R)-amino-thiourea and hydrolysis were performed to afford chiral α-hydroxy-α-methyl acid as the (S)-isomer. Naturally derived hydroxywilfordate prepared by methanolysis of wilfortrine was found to be the (R)-isomer upon comparison with the synthetic compound.
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