A concise total synthesis of (+)-scholarisine a empowered by a unique C-H arylation

Myles W. Smith, Scott A. Snyder

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The structurally unique akuammiline alkaloid (+)-scholarisine A was synthesized in 14 steps from a known enone (15 steps from commercial materials) through a route empowered by a unique C-H arylation reaction to forge its polycyclic core. Additional key steps include a pyrone Diels-Alder reaction and a radical cyclization/Keck allylation to fashion the core cage polycycle and one of the molecule's quaternary centers, as well as the use of a carefully positioned pendant hydroxyl group to facilitate the chemoselective reduction of an extremely unreactive lactam in the presence of a readily reduced lactone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12964-12967
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 4 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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