Synthetic studies of sesquiterpenes with the dunniane skeleton

Sònia Parés, Ramon Alibés, Marta Figueredo, Josep Font, Teodor Parella

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Abstract

The first synthetic approach to the entire carbon skeleton of the sesquiterpenes dunniane and cumacrene has been developed. The sequence features a [2+2] photochemical reaction of a chiral 2(5H)-furanone with ethylene to form the cyclobutane, a Meyer-Schuster-type rearrangement of an α-acetylenic alcohol to an α,β-unsaturated aldehyde, and a microwave-assisted Diels-Alder reaction of an elaborated dienamine with methyl acrylate to construct the six-membered ring with the desired 1,4-substitution pattern. A synthetic route to the entire carbon skeleton of the sesquiterpenes dunniane and cumacrene is described. Key advances in the synthetic sequence include a [2+2] photochemical reaction and a microwave-assisted Diels-Alder reaction. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1404-1417
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Cycloaddition
  • Natural products
  • Photochemistry
  • Small ring systems

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