Total Syntheses of the Dihydrofuranonecarboxylate Natural Products Gregatin B and E: Gram-Scale Synthesis of (+)-Gregatin B and Unambiguous Assignment of the Stereostructure of (+)-Gregatin E.

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Weber F, Brückner R. Total Syntheses of the Dihydrofuranonecarboxylate Natural Products Gregatin B and E: Gram-Scale Synthesis of (+)-Gregatin B and Unambiguous Assignment of the Stereostructure of (+)-Gregatin E. Org Lett. 2014;.
We synthesized the dextrorotatory enantiomers of gregatin B (1.3 g scale) and E, establishing their diene side chains in the last step by Heck coupling with variable iodoolefins. Their counterpart was synthesized in 30% overall yield and with high enantiopurity (97% ee) from benzyl tiglate, beginning with an asymmetric dihydroxylation. The stereostructure of gregatin E followed from HPLC comparisons between the four synthetic stereoisomers of this compound and natural gregatin E, which we isolated from Cadophora gregata.