Synthesis and complete structure determination of a sperm-activating and -attracting factor isolated from the ascidian ascidia sydneiensis

Tomohiro Watanabe, Hajime Shibata, Makoto Ebine, Hiroshi Tsuchikawa, Nobuaki Matsumori, Michio Murata, Manabu Yoshida, Masaaki Morisawa, Shu Lin, Kosei Yamauchi, Ken Sakai, Tohru Oishi

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Abstract

For the complete structure elucidation of an endogenous sperm-activating and -attracting factor isolated from eggs of the ascidian Ascidia sydneiensis (Assydn-SAAF), its two possible diastereomers with respect to C-25 were synthesized. Starting from ergosterol, the characteristic steroid backbone was constructed by using an intramolecular pinacol coupling reaction and stereoselective reduction of a hydroxy ketone as key steps, and the side chain was introduced by Julia-Kocienski olefination. Comparison of the NMR data of the two diastereomers with those of the natural product led to the elucidation of the absolute configuration as 25S; thus the complete structure was determined and the first synthesis of Assydn-SAAF was achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-997
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry

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