Assembly of Terpenoid Cores by a Simple, Tunable Strategy

Ouidad Lahtigui, Fabien Emmetiere, Wei Zhang, Liban Jirmo, Samira Toledo-Roy, John C. Hershberger, Jocelyn M. Macho, Alexander J. Grenning

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Oxygenated, polycyclic terpenoid natural products have important biological activities. Although total synthesis of such terpenes is widely studied, synthetic strategies that allow for controlled placement of oxygen atoms and other functionality remains a challenge. Herein, we present a simple, scalable, and tunable synthetic strategy to assemble terpenoid-like polycycloalkanes from cycloalkanones, malononitrile, and allylic electrophiles, abundantly available reagent classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15792-15796
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 19 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • allylic alkylation
  • deconjugative alkylation
  • Knoevenagel adducts
  • terpene synthesis
  • [3,3] Cope rearrangement


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