Nakijinols A, B and analogues E through G, which are structurally unique and biologically significant sesquiterpenoid benzoxazoles, can be efficiently obtained in a highly unified manner from the sesquiterpenoid quinone, smenospongine. The starting material is accessible from the (+)-5-methyl Wieland-Miescher ketone. The synthetic method features strategic construction of the requisite dihydroxylated benzoxazole substructure via the ring closure of the N-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-formamide or -acetamide moiety. The synthesis of nakijinols is reported here for the first time. The absolute configurations of nakijinols A and E were also established.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry