© 2016 American Chemical Society. A revised structure for the Lycopodium alkaloid huperzine N is proposed and confirmed by synthesis. The key synthetic steps involve an epimerization of a cis-5-oxodecahydroquinoline to the corresponding trans isomer and a coupling, followed by a diastereoselective hydrogenation using Wilkinson's catalyst to incorporate the pyridylmethyl moiety. This route allowed the alkaloid serralongamine A to be synthesized for the first time, and two additional steps led to the revised structure of huperzine N, both products bearing an unusual decahydroquinoline stereostructure.
|Journal||Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2016|