During the course of our chemical analysis of the hydrophilic fractions from marine cyanobacterium Moorena producens, we have isolated natural dolapyrrolidone (Dpy, 1), a natural pyrrolidone derived from phenylalanine, for the first time as a single compound. Compound 1, with an (S)-l absolute stereochemistry, was previously identified as a substructure that is common among several bioactive natural peptides. Surprisingly, the absolute stereochemistry of the isolated natural 1, determined through total synthesis, was (R)-d. This result was unambiguously determined by HPLC analysis using a chiral stationary column by comparing the retention times of the natural 1 and authentic samples of synthetic enantiomers. To verify the unexpected result, the absolute stereochemistry of the natural 1 was confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis of Pt-complex derivative using the synthetic enantiomer.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry