Totally Synthetic by Paul H. Docherty, 26 April 2006
Total Synthesis of Haouamine A
J. H. Jeong, S. M. Weinreb, Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 2309-2312.
Using some really smart 1,3-dipolar chemistry, Weinreb has completed a formal total synthesis of Haouamine. Working towards the Baran indenotetrahydropyridine pentacyclic intermediate, they used a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition to install the indene system very quickly, but isolated two products from the cyclisation. However, the undesired product was converted to the desired by simply heating, resulting in a 76% yield.
However, the ambitious RCM chemistry using a terminal vinyl chloride was less successful, and required a rethinking to complete this work.