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Chemistry, an Asian journal

Enantiospecific total synthesis of (-)-bengamide E.


PMID 23208822

Abstract

Total synthesis of the polyhydroxy caprolactam amide natural product, bengamide E, is accomplished starting from tartaric acid. Key reactions in the synthesis include desymmetrization of the bis(dimethylamide) unit of tartaric acid, Zn(BH(4))(2)-mediated anti-selective reduction, and a Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons olefination.