A synthetic route to liphagal, a natural PI3Kα inhibitor isolated from Aka coralliphaga, was established. The present route features an organic redox process where an alkynylquinone undergoes reductive cyclization in the presence of a hydroquinone derivative such as hydroxyquinol (1,2,4-benzenetriol) and catalytic PdCl2 to provide a substituted benzofuran suitable for accessing the natural product. The benzofuran formation takes place via the redox transformation between the alkynylquinone and the electron-rich hydroquinones followed by the concomitant Pd(II)-catalyzed oxycyclization of the resultant alkynylhydroquinone.
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- Organic Chemistry