Synthesis 2011(1): 104-108  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1258327
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A Formal Synthesis of Ionomycin Featuring a Permanganate-Mediated Oxidative Cyclisation

Yingfa Li, John P. Cooksey, Zhanghua Gao, Philip J. Kocieński*, Stephen M. McAteer, Thomas N. Snaddon
The School of Chemistry and the Institute of Process Research and Development, Leeds University, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Received 15 July 2010
Publication Date:
15 November 2010 (online)


Key steps in a synthesis of the C17-C32 fragment of iono­mycin are (a) an auxiliary-directed oxidative cyclisation of a diene with potassium permanganate to construct a tetrahydrofuran ring and four stereogenic centres in a single operation, and (b) a chain-appendage reaction featuring the alkylation of an enolsilane by an oxocarbenium ion generated from a 2-phenylsulfonyl-substituted tetrahydrofuran.


The relative and absolute stereochemistry of the lactone 21 was established by a single crystal X-ray analysis of its enantiomer prepared by an analogous route. See the electronic Supporting Information for details