Construction of key building blocks towards the synthesis of cortistatins†
This work reports the construction of key building blocks towards the synthesis of cortistatins; a family of steroidal alkaloids. Cortistatin A, being a primary target due to its superior biological properties over other congeners, has been prepared by two different synthetic routes. Synthesis of the precursor to the heavily substituted A-ring starting from D-glucose and construction of the DE-ring junction employing a Hajos–Parrish ketone as a chiral pool have been demonstrated. Efforts are underway to assemble these key fragments and build towards the total synthesis of cortistatin A.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Total synthesis in OBC