208. Catalyst-Controlled Formal [4 + 3] Cycloaddition Applied to the Total Synthesis of (+)-Barekoxide and (−)-Barekol

Authors: Yajing Lian, Laura C. Miller, Stephen Born, Richmond Sarpong  and Huw M. L. Davies

J. Am. Chem. Soc.,

2010, 132 (35), 12422–12425


The tandem cyclopropanation/Cope rearrangement between bicyclic dienes and siloxyvinyldiazoacetate, catalyzed by the dirhodium catalyst Rh2(R-PTAD)4, effectively accomplishes enantiodivergent [4 + 3] cycloadditions. The reaction proceeds by a cyclopropanation followed by a Cope rearrangement of the resulting divinylcyclopropane. This methodology was applied to the synthesis of (+)-barekoxide (1) and (−)-barekol (2).

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