Issue 27, 2020

Total synthesis of crotophorbolone


As a natural diterpenoid, crotophorbolone possesses a challenging trans,trans-5/7/6 framework decorated with six contiguous stereogenic centers and is structurally and biogenetically related to tigliane-type diterpenoids with intriguing bioactivities such as phorbol and prostratin. Based on the convergent strategy, we completed an eighteen-step total synthesis of crotophorbolone starting from (−)-carvone and (+)-dimethyl-2,3-O-isopropylidene-L-tartrate. The key elements of the synthesis involve expedient installation of the six-membered ring and the five-membered ring with multiple functional groups at an early stage, cyclization of the seven-membered ring through alkenylation of the ketone between the five-membered ring and the six-membered ring, functional group-sensitive ring-closing metathesis and final selective introduction of hydroxyls at C20 and C4.

Graphical abstract: Total synthesis of crotophorbolone

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Article type
Edge Article
18 May 2020
17 Jun 2020
First published
19 Jun 2020
This article is Open Access

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Chem. Sci., 2020,11, 7177-7181

Total synthesis of crotophorbolone

T. Yu, Y. Sun, C. Tu, T. Chen, S. Fu and B. Liu, Chem. Sci., 2020, 11, 7177 DOI: 10.1039/D0SC02829K

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