Simple, efficient, and modular syntheses of polyene natural products via iterative cross-coupling

Joong Lee Suk, Kaitlyn C. Gray, James S. Paek, Martin D. Burke

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This communication describes the discovery of air-stable and highly versatile B-protected haloalkenylboronic acid building blocks for iterative cross-coupling. These reagents enable the total synthesis of polyene natural products with extraordinary levels of simplicity, efficiency, and modularity. Specifically, all-trans-retinal, β-parinaric acid, and one-half of the amphotericin B macrolide skeleton were prepared using only the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction in an iterative manner to bring together collections of simple and readily accessible building blocks. In contrast to their boronic acid counterparts, the intermediate polyenylboronate esters are remarkably stable (to both column purification and storage), which is critical to their successful utilization. Moreover, the reactive boronic acids can be cleanly liberated using very mild aqueous base. These advances have enabled preparation of the longest polyene ever synthesized using the SM reaction. We additionally report, to the best of our knowledge, the first triply metal selective (Zn vs Sn and B) cross-coupling reaction, the first selective cross-coupling with a differentially ligated diboron reagent, and the first cross-couplings between polyenylchlorides and vinylboronic acids. Collectively, these new building blocks and methods can dramatically improve the way polyene natural products and their derivatives are synthesized in the laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-468
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 16 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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