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The Journal of organic chemistry

Total synthesis of dumsin. 1. Retrosynthetic strategy and the elaboration of key intermediates from (--)-bornyl acetate.


PMID 12946130

Abstract

An intramolecular anionic oxy-Cope rearrangement (44 --> 46) serves as the key step in a synthetic approach to the insect antifeedant dumsin. Initial investigations clarified the manner in which (--)-bornyl acetate may be transformed into the exo-norbornenol 44. Two routes were developed to advance beyond 46. The first involved acetal 51 as a matrix that was expected to allow the elaboration of rings D and E. The second plan deferred oxidation of the cyclopentene ring in 46 to a later stage of molecular construction. The latter experiments formed the basis of a protocol that led to the successful acquisition of keto aldehydes typified by 108 and 114.