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Totally Synthetic by Paul H. Docherty, 1 December 2006

Total Synthesis of Amphidinolide E


P. Va, W. R. Roush, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 15960-15961

DOI: 10.1021/ja066663j

No, this isn’t a déjà vu, this really is another total synthesis of amphidinolide E, the second this month (the first was by Lee in Korea). This time it’s Bill Roush from Scripps, using their own methodology to construct that THF. So, first the retrosynthesis:

As you can see, some of the disconnections are more obvious than others… The top-half of the molecule was discussed first, preparing the substrates for an interesting [3+2] cycloaddition, which is where I found my interest piqued initially. They did a silylallylboration of the aldehyde, referencing their earlier work on that procedure, which returned the product allylsilane in fantastic yield and d.r.

TES protection of this compound left them ready to perform the [3+2]. They used 2.5eq of the alkyne, achieving a reasonable yield of the product, and with great diastereomeric control. They mention that they recover the excess of alkyne, but the remaining aldehyde cyclotrimerises under the reaction conditions.

With this fragment in hand, they were ready to couple the next fragment. This might appear to be a relatively simple esterification. However, Yamaguchi conditions failed. They found that under all conditions attempted, the diene acid isomerised to the more conjugated material. However, their solution is smart - protect the diene! They used the iron complex shown to hold the diene unit in place, performed the modified Yamaguchi in great yield, and then oxidised the iron.

RCM completed the macrocycle, leaving them with only the side-chain to append. A great total synthesis of this rather popular molecule.