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Issue 36, 2017
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Modular total syntheses of mycolactone A/B and its [2H]-isotopologue

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A modular total synthesis of mycolactone A/B, the exotoxin produced by Mycobacterium ulcerans, has been achieved through the orchestration of several Pd-catalyzed key steps. While this route leads to a mixture of the natural product and its C12 epimer (4 : 1 ratio), this was inconsequential from the biological activity standpoint. Compared to the previously reported routes, this synthetic blueprint allows the late-stage modification of the toxin, as exemplified by the preparation of [22,22,22-2H3]-mycolactone A/B.

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04 Aug 2017
25 Aug 2017
First published
29 Aug 2017

Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017,15, 7518-7522
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Modular total syntheses of mycolactone A/B and its [2H]-isotopologue

S. Saint-Auret, H. Abdelkafi, D. Le Nouen, L. Guenin-Macé, C. Demangel, P. Bisseret and N. Blanchard, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 7518
DOI: 10.1039/C7OB01943B

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