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Total synthesis and structural elucidation of spongosoritin A

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Two putative structures of spongosoritin A, with syn (6R,8R) and anti (6S,8R) configurations, were each synthesised in a total of 11 linear steps with only 8 purification procedures. The key steps in our strategy included Evans alkylation and olefin dihydroxylation to install the C8 and C6 stereocentres, a transacetalisation/dehydration cascade to construct the furanylidene core, and chromatographic separation of 9E- and 9Z-isomers of the final compounds with silver nitrate impregnated silica. Comparison of the 1H and 13C NMR data for the synthetic syn- and anti-isomers to that reported for the natural product revealed that the relative configuration of spongosoritin A is syn. The absolute stereochemistry was also confirmed as 6R,8R based on optical rotation measurements where the synthetic syn (6R,8R) and natural product had the same sign of optical rotation (negative).

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The article was received on 21 Dec 2017, accepted on 29 Jan 2018 and first published on 29 Jan 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7OB03150E
Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018,16, 1351-1358

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    Total synthesis and structural elucidation of spongosoritin A

    L. J. Alcock, M. D. Norris and M. V. Perkins, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2018, 16, 1351
    DOI: 10.1039/C7OB03150E

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