The structure of siphonodictyal B has been reassigned on the basis of the total synthesis of both possible C-8 epimers. The revised structure of siphonodictyal B was converted into liphagal by acid catalyzed rearrangement of a proposed epoxide intermediate. This biomimetic cascade features a succession of four distinct reactions (epoxidation, o-quinone methide formation, ring expansion, and benzofuran formation) that occur in a one-pot operation under mild conditions. During these studies we also isolated a surprisingly stable o-quinone methide that supports our mechanistic proposal for liphagal biosynthesis.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry