Synthesis 2012; 44(22): 3483-3488
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1316803
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Asymmetric Synthesis of Gonioheptolide A Analogues via an Organocatalytic Aldol Reaction as the Key Step

Dieter Enders*
Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany   Fax: +49(241)8092127   Email: enders@rwth-aachen.de
,
Sarah David
Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany   Fax: +49(241)8092127   Email: enders@rwth-aachen.de
,
Kristina Deckers
Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany   Fax: +49(241)8092127   Email: enders@rwth-aachen.de
,
Andreas Greb
Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany   Fax: +49(241)8092127   Email: enders@rwth-aachen.de
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Gerhard Raabe
Institute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany   Fax: +49(241)8092127   Email: enders@rwth-aachen.de
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Publication History

Received: 21 September 2012

Accepted: 24 September 2012

Publication Date:
09 October 2012 (online)


Abstract

An efficient asymmetric synthesis of the potential antitumor agent (–)-gonioheptolide A derivatives is described. By employing an (S)-proline-catalyzed aldol reaction, the RAMP hydrazone α-alkylation methodology, and a diastereoselective reduction with zinc borohydride five stereocenters are established in the target compound. 4-epi-Methoxy-gonioheptolide A was obtained in ten steps in 15% overall yield and excellent diastereo- and enantiomeric excesses (de ≥95%, ee ≥99%).

 
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