Enantioselective synthesis of the medium ring ethers, tetrahydrooxepin, oxocane and hexahydrooxonin, of ciguatoxin. Extensive ring-expansion and chemoenzymatic desymmetrization strategy

Tohru Oishi, Megumi Maruyama, Mitsuru Shoji, Kenji Maeda, Naomi Kumahara, Shin Ichiro Tanaka, Masahiro Hirama

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The extensive ring-expansion strategy for the synthesis of tetrahydrooxepin, oxocane, and hexahydrooxonin, which correspond to the D(E), I and F rings of ciguatoxin (CTX1B, 1). respectively, has been established. Chemoenzymatic acylation of the meso alcohols using a lipase provides an expeditious entry for the enantiomeric building blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7471-7498
Number of pages28
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 11 1999
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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