Application of the [2,3] Wittig rearrangement to synthetic studies toward the total synthesis of (+)-discodermolide
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Wittig rearrangement, Discodermolide, Hydroboration
Chemistry | Organic Chemistry | Physical Sciences and Mathematics
The application of the [2,3] Wittig rearrangement to the total synthesis of (+)-discodermolide is the subject of this dissertation. (+)-Discodermolide is a unique polyketide that was isolated in 1990 and was found to have impressive anti-tumor activities. (+)-Discodermolide is under Phase I clinical trials as a potential antitumor drug.
Background information and stereochemical consequences of the [2,3] Wittig rearrangement are discussed. Examples of the application of the [2,3] Wittig rearrangement to the total synthesis of natural products are described, as are previous total syntheses of (+)-discodermolide also presented.
Considerable effort has been focused on the construction of fragments A (C1-C8), B (C9-C13), and C (C15-C21) of (+)-discodermolide. The syntheses of each fragment begins with a common intermediate prepared from Z-2-buten-1,4-diol. A [2,3] Wittig rearrangement of the common intermediate, followed by hydroboration, installs the C4, C5, and C7 stereocenters in fragment A. Fragment B is synthesized in a single step. Fragment C is prepared by applying a [2,3] Wittig rearrangement followed by hydroboration. The alkylation of a tertiary allylic alcohol with tributyltin methylene iodide is improved. The selective deprotection of a di-TBS ether is realized. Possible routes for completion of the total synthesis of (+)-discodermolide are proposed.
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Liang, Guohua, "Application of the [2,3] Wittig rearrangement to synthetic studies toward the total synthesis of (+)-discodermolide" (2007). Chemistry - Dissertations. Paper 32.