A Concise Synthesis of (−)-Lasonolide A

A Concise Synthesis of (−)-Lasonolide A

Barry M. Trost, Craig E. Stivala, Kami L. Hull, Audris Huang, and Daniel R. Fandrick

DOI: http//dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja411270d

Not so many total syntheses have been published these days but this one caught my attention (some might say for obvious reasons…). Though lasanolide A has been made a couple of times but never in such a neat fashion utilizing some pretty efficient metal catalyzed processes. Trost’s retrosynthesis is shown below. The two major fragments were assembled by an intermolecular ruthenium mediated enyne coupling and a Yamaguchi macrocyclization. The western fragment in turn derives from an alkyne precursor to which the side chain is attached by consecutive HWE and Wittig olefinations. The stereochemistry is set by a highly efficient ProPhenol aldol reaction. The eastern fragment also makes use of a HWE olefination and a Hiyama coupling, respectively. A ruthenium catalyzed hydrosilylation and cross metathesis then give retrosynthetically the diol shown whose stereochemical information derives from an enzymatic reduction and an old-school CBS reduction.

 Scheme 1


Starting in the forward sense the side chain of the western fragment was prepared in just four steps. Neopentyl cuprate addition to propargyl alcohol was followed by acetonide cleavage / esterification. TBS protection and formation of the Wittig salt furnished fragment 3 in a pretty efficient manner.

 Scheme 2


The other part of the western fragment originates from a ProPhenol mediated aldol reaction to give 6 in nearly enatiomerically pure form. DIBAL reduction and subsequent TBDPS protection was followed by stereoselective acetal formation and Ley oxidation yielding 8. Only one diastereomer is obtained in the acetalization step under thermodynamic conditions. Deprotection of the alcohol directly provided the hemiacetal 9 as an inconsequential mixture of diastereomers. HWE olefination and DIBAL reduction produced aldehyde 10 which could be coupled with 3 in the presence of KHMDS. After a survey of methods the acetal cleavage was preferably accomplished with LiBF4 completing the synthesis of the western fragment.

 Scheme 3

Ok, now let us have look at the synthesis of the eastern fragment. It kicks off with an old school Blaise reaction (Reformatsky with a nitrile) to give dicarbonyl 12 which eventually was reduced to hydroxyester 13 by an enzyme called CDX-024. TIPS-protection and two-step conversion of the ester to ketone 15 was followed by a these-days-rather-rare CBS reduction to propargyl alcohol 16. Ensuing trans-selective hydrosilylation developed in the Trost labs and cross-metathesis with crotonaldehyde furnished directly pyran 18.

 Scheme 4


The remaining acid side chain was introduced by HWE olefination using lithium hydroxide in the presence of mole sieves. Allylation utilizing a Hiyama-coupling of the vinyl silane, saponification and TBS protection then furnished eastern fragment 22.

 Scheme 5


Completion of the synthesis was brought about by a powerful intermolecular ruthenium mediated enyne coupling giving mainly the linear isomer 23 in a 3 : 1 ratio. This result is rather unprecedented because this reaction usually favors the formation of branched products. As acetone proved to be the most effective solvent in this reaction under the conditions employed the formation of an acetonide was observed which was cleaved off with CSA in an ensuing step. After selective TBS-protection of the three least hindered alcohols the seco acid was closed under Yamaguchi macrolactionization conditions to give after global deprotection lasonolide A in an overall yield of 1.6 % (16 steps LLS with respect to allyl cyanide).

A really impressive synthesis relying mainly on powerful transition metal catalyzed transformation. I hope you also liked the quiz… If you have any suggestions please let me know.

 Scheme 6


Total Synthesis of Oidiodendrolides and related Norditerpene Dilactones

Total Synthesis of Oidiodendrolides and related Norditerpene Dilactones

Stephen Hanessian, Nicolas Boyer, Gone Jayapal Reddy, and

Benoıˆt Descheˆnes-Simard

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ol901896c

Another sweet paper from the Hanessian group published in August featuring a bunch of nice biological active compounds. Especially Oidiolactone B exhibits an impressive activity against interleukin-1β which could potentially be used for treatment of inflammatory diseases (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interleukin).

Only a handful of syntheses have been published yet each featuring only one target, this paper disloses the syntheses of 7 members of this class of compounds starting from one common precursor. Pretty amazing I think and very atom economic…

They planned to install the C ring at least and decorating the starting decaline core with some well established methods for example a sweet Reformatzky and Baylis-Hillmann reaction, both a bit underdeveloped in total synthesis.

Scheme 1


So let’s get started with this:

Scheme 2


First some protection and then a nice radical conjugate reduction under Birch conditions quenched with Mander’s reagent to give the methoxycarbonyl side chain in good yield and dr (which is unimportant because it is destroyed in the next step). Triflate formation and Stille like reduction gave them the unsatured ester which was again reduced with single electron transfer as I suppose (or maybe by facial selective hydrogen addition?), followed by alkylation and deprotection. A highly efficient IBX mediated dehydrogenation was followed by deprotection of the ester to give the blue intermediate. Didn’t know the IBX dehydrogenation method, I would have used a Saegusa type reaction but this one seems to be more practical.

With this intermediate in hand they were able to prepare the key intermediate shown above in only 5 more steps:

Scheme 3


A highly efficient phosphine catalysed Baylis-Hillmann reaction with formaldehyde was followed by a bromolactonization to close the D ring lactone through the shown transition state. TES protection and a nice catalytic Reformatzky reaction furnished the key intermediate in an impressive overall yield of 17% over 14 steps.

The biggest problem poses the dehydration to form the exomethylen ester group. This problem was solved employing Burgess reagent to dehydrate the hydroxy function off the ring.

Scheme 4


After having the dehydration problem solved they commenced with HF mediated deprotection/ in situ lactonisation followed by DMDO epoxidation to give Oidiolactone C.

To improve the yield they switched the order of events and got the product in a much better yield. With the epoxidated decaline in hand a mild TES deprotection by CSA, DMP oxidation and strong acid catalysed lactolisation gave then a mixture of epimers of Oidiolactone D.

This was methylated to give Oidiolactone A.

Having these three in hand only 3 more to go:

Scheme 5


Starting with the already employed CSA mediated deprotection and DMP oxidation, followed by Burgess dehydration and acidic lactolisation to give the fourth natural product in this paper. A described access to Nagilactone F through isopropylgrignard addition gave only low yield and moderate diastereoselectivity, so they worked their way through a more commonly isopropylengrignard reaction reaction followed by a modified Wilkinson reduction to give Nagilactone F in a much better yield and diastereoselectivity. Oidiolactone B, the most potent member of this class, was easily accessible by methyl acetal formartion and separation of the desired major isomer.

Overall a nice paper which discloses a bunch of total syntheses in only 4 pages 😉

You are advised to have a look in it. I enjoyed most the smooth preparation of the key intermediate.

Any comments?




Cheryl A. Carson and Michael A. Kerr

Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ol802870c

FR901483 is an interesting synthetic target with regard to the aza-tricyclic core structure and it’s biological activity “as an inhibitor of purine biosynthesis” which “acts with a novel mode action”. That’s all in the paper about biology so far. This is not the first synthesis of FR901483 but the first time that the intriguing ring closure was used in a total synthesis.



They decided to close the tricyclic core using their own methodology and combine the two fragments by a substrate controlled Reformatsky reaction.

The key step looks like this:


The preformed imine opens the cyclopropane which in turn attacks the iminium-ion in an 5-endo-trig ring closing reaction. They found that the deprotected amine does not affect the ring opening before forming the imine. Building up the intermediate is straightforward:


With the two fragments combined and some protecting group manipulations they closed the ring as shown above, and after some decarboxylation, hofmann rearrangement and phosphonate ester formation they got FR901483 in hand:


All in all an interesting synthesis especially (or almost exclusively) the ring closure. That’s it so far. A short paper needs only a short review I think. Maybe next time I got more time for writing. And the nice graphics compensate the short text.