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.
|Journal||European Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Mar 2012|
- Natural products
- Small ring systems