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Organic & biomolecular chemistry

Synthetic studies on the cornexistins: synthesis of (+/-)-5-epi-hydroxycornexistin.


PMID 18931810

Abstract

The synthesis of 5-epi-hydroxycornexistin (44), a diastereoisomer of the herbicidal natural product hydroxycornexistin (2) has been completed. Palladium mediated sp(2)-sp(3) coupling of the stannane 25 and the chloride 31 and ring-closing metathesis of the resulting diene 32 has been used to construct the tricyclic lactone 34a, which possesses the nine-membered carbocyclic core found in the natural product, in good yield. The synthesis of 5-epi-hydroxycornexistin (44) has established the feasibility of using a furan as precursor for the cyclic anhydride unit present in the natural product and has demonstrated the viability of other late-stage transformations that will be used to prepare hydroxycornexistin (2).

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