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Determination of the absolute configuration of Anisotome irregular diterpenes: application of CD and NMR methods.


PMID 15290691

Abstract

Several Anisotome diterpene derivatives were synthesized in an attempt to obtain a crystalline compound for X-ray analysis. Although we were unable to obtain a suitable crystal, the absolute configuration of the irregular diterpene skeleton was determined using two other techniques: a circular dichroism (CD) protocol based on a tetraarylporphyrin molecular tweezer that allowed prediction of the absolute stereochemistry on a microscale level, and a method employing differences in NMR shifts from derivatization of the naturally occurring acid 1 with enantiomers of a phenylglycine methyl ester (PGME) chiral anisotropic reagent. The excellent agreement between the CD and NMR methods led to the assignment of a 2S-absolute configuration for anisotomenoic acid 1.

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