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Published February 4, 2019 | Supplemental Material + Accepted Version + Submitted
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A Concise Total Synthesis of (±)‐Vibralactone


Disclosed is a five-step synthesis of (±)-vibralactone, a biologically active terpenoid natural product. A key photochemical valence isomerization of 3-prenyl-pyran-2-one produces both the all-carbon quaternary stereocenter and the β-lactone at an early stage. Cyclopropanation of the resulting bicyclic β-lactone produces a strained housane structure that is converted to the natural product through a sequential ring expansion and reduction strategy. This concise and modular route to the natural product provides the shortest total synthesis of (±)-vibralactone reported to date.

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© 2019 Wiley-VCH. Issue Online: 29 January 2019. Version of Record online: 09 January 2019. Accepted manuscript online: 13 December 2018. Manuscript received: 05 November 2018. We thank the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (to H.M.N.) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (to H.M.N.) for generous support. S.K.N. acknowledges the USPHS National Research Service Award (T32GM008496). L.A.B. acknowledges the USPHS National Research Service Award (5T32GM008496). We thank Dr. S. Khan and the UCLA Molecular Instrumentation Center for NMR instrumentation, X-ray crystallography (S. Khan), and mass spectrometry. This material is based upon work supported by the National Institutes of Health under instrumentation grant no. 1S10OD016387-01. We also thank the mass spectrometry facility at the University of California, Irvine for mass spectrometry data. We thank the group of M. A. Garcia-Garibay (UCLA) for the use of their Hanovia lamps during initial photochemical experiments. We thank N. K. Garg (UCLA) and P. G. Harran (UCLA) for useful discussions. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted Version - nihms-1003510.pdf

Submitted - a-concise-total-synthesis-of-vibralactone.pdf

Supplemental Material - anie201812711-sup-0001-misc_information.pdf


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