Total synthesis of (-)-sarain A

Michael H. Becker, Peter Chua, Robert Downham, Christopher J. Douglas, Neil K. Garg, Sheldon Hiebert, Stefan Jaroch, Richard T. Matsuoka, Joy A. Middleton, Fay W. Ng, Larry E. Overman

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This article describes the details of our synthetic studies toward the complex marine alkaloid sarain A. Various strategies were conceived, setbacks encountered, and solutions developed, ultimately leading to a successful enantioselective total synthesis. Our route to (-)-sarain A features a number of key steps, including an asymmetric Michael addition to install the C4′-C3′-C7′ stereotriad, an enoxysilane-N-sulfonyliminium ion cyclization to set the C3 quaternary carbon stereocenter, and assemble the diazatricycloundecane core, a ring-closing metathesis to construct the 13-membered ring, an intramolecular Stille coupling to fashion the unsaturated 14-membered macrocycle, and a late-stage installation of the tertiary amine-aldehyde proximity interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11987-12002
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 12 2007


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