Synfacts 2015; 11(2): 0111
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1379811
Synthesis of Natural Products and Potential Drugs
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Total Synthesis of Ascospiroketal A

Erick M. Carreira
Christian Ebner
Chang S, Hur S, Britton R * Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Total Synthesis of Ascospiroketal A Through a AgI-Promoted Cyclization Cascade.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015;
54: 211-214
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Publication History

Publication Date:
19 January 2015 (online)



Ascospiroketal A was isolated in 2007 from the marine fungus Ascochyta salicor­niae. This natural product is characterized by a spiroketal that is part of a fused tricyclic system. While the relative configuration of the spirocyclic core could be elucidated by NOESY spectros­copy, no sterochemical information for the side chain could be obtained. Britton and co-workers present a synthetic strategy, which allowed not only for the efficient construction of the core fragment but also for a late-stage introduction of the contested side chain. Their efforts culminated not only in the first total synthesis of ascospiroketal A but also in the establishment of the C15-C2′-C3′ stereochemistry.



The synthesis commenced with the preparation of enantioenriched aldehyde D from hydroxyoxetane A. A diastereoselective aldol reaction with ketone F gave cyclization precursor G. Extending a method developed in their laboratory (Org. Lett. 2012, 14, 5844), Britton and co-workers exposed G to a combination of Ag2O and AgBF4. Ketal H is presumed to be formed first, followed by nucleophilc opening of the oxetane, yielding a 1:1 mixture of I and J. The complete dia­stereoselective oxetane opening might be attributed to the chelation of silver(I). Notably, the undesired isomer I could be epimerized to J. After several isomeric side chains were attached, the authors found that ascospiroketal A possesses the configuration as depicted above.