A concise total synthesis of saliniketal B

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(Chemical Equation Presented) We report a concise, enantioselective, and highly efficient synthesis of the marine actinomycete-derived natural product saliniketal B. Our approach was motivated with an eye toward future structure-function studies of this inhibitor of phorbol ester-mediated ornithine decarboxylase induction via an unknown mechanism. Our strategy highlights the utility of Pt (II)-mediated cycloisomerization of alkynediols developed in our laboratory to construct the dioxabicyclo[3.2.1]octane ring system, a highly selective aldol fragment coupling whose stereochemical outcome is influenced by a γ-stereogenic methyl group, and an interesting one-pot desilylation/dihydropyranone fragmentation/amidation sequence. As such, saliniketal B was obtained in 11 steps and 23% overall yield from commercially available starting material via a convergent coupling of two equally complex fragments assembled in seven and eight steps (39 and 45%), respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12562-12563
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 9 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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