Combining the [2,3] Sigmatropic Rearrangement and Ring-Closing Metathesis Strategies for the Synthesis of Spirocyclic Alkaloids. A Short and Efficient Route to (+/-)-Perhydrohistrionicotoxin.

David Ackland Tanner, Lars Hagberg, Anders Poulsen

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the use of selenium-based [2,3] sigmatropic rearrangement in combination with ruthenium-catalyzed ring-closing metathesis (RCM) for the synthesis of azaspiro ring systems, as exemplified by the reactions of model substrates 5 and 6. The methodology has been applied to a short and efficient formal total synthesis of the alkaloid (+/-)-perhydrohistrionicotoxin (2). Thus, (+/-)-depentylperhydrohistrionicotoxin, 1, a known key intermediate for the synthesis of 2, was synthesised from 2,3-epoxycyclohexan-1-one in 10 laboratory operations and ca. 20% overall yield. The synthetic route is potentially enantioselective, and key steps were the [2,3] sigmatropic rearrangement of 11 to 12 via the corresponding allylic selenide (86% yield) and ruthenium-catalyzed RCM of 13 to 14 (80%). (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTetrahedron
    Volume55
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)1427-1440
    ISSN0040-4020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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