Natural Product Synthesis & Chemical Biology

7. Enantioselective Divergent Syntheses of Diterpenoid Pyrones


Capitalizing a synergy between late-stage C(sp3)–H alkynylation and a series of transition metal catalyzed alkyne functionalization reactions, we reported herein enantioselective divergent synthesis of 10 diterpenoid pyrones within 14–16 steps starting from chiral pool enoxolone, including the first enantioselective synthesis of higginsianins A, B, D, E, and metarhizin C. Our synthesis also highlights an unprecedented biomimetic oxidative rearrangement of α-pyrone into 3(2H)-furanone, as well as applications of Echavarren C(sp3)–H alkynylation reaction and Toste chiral counterion-mediated Au-catalyzed intramolecular allene hydroalkoxylation in natural product synthesis.


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