Synthesis and Biological Activity of 7,8,9-Trideoxy- and 7 R DesTHP-Peloruside A

Wullschleger, Christoph W.; Gertsch, Jürg; Altmann, Karl-Heinz (2013). Synthesis and Biological Activity of 7,8,9-Trideoxy- and 7 R DesTHP-Peloruside A. Chemistry - a European journal, 19(39), pp. 13105-13111. Wiley-VCH 10.1002/chem.201301796

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The stereoselective syntheses of 7,8,9-trideoxypeloruside A (4) and a monocyclic peloruside A analogue lacking the entire tetrahydropyran moiety (3) are described. The syntheses proceeded through the PMB-ether of an ω-hydroxy β-keto aldehyde as a common intermediate which was elaborated into a pair of diastereomeric 1,3-syn and -anti diols by stereoselective Duthaler–Hafner allylations and subsequent 1,3-syn or anti reduction. One of these isomers was further converted into a tetrahydropyran derivative in a high-yielding Prins reaction, to provide the precursor for bicyclic analogue 4. Downstream steps for both syntheses included the substrate-controlled addition of a vinyl lithium intermediate to an aldehyde, thus connecting the peloruside side chain to C15 (C13) of the macrocyclic core structure in a fully stereoselective fashion. In the case of monocyclic 3 macrocyclization was based on ring-closing olefin metathesis (RCM), while bicyclic 4 was cyclized through Yamaguchi-type macrolactonization. The macrolactonization step was surprisingly difficult and was accompanied by extensive cyclic dimer formation. Peloruside A analogues 3 and 4 inhibited the proliferation of human cancer cell lines in vitro with micromolar and sub-micromolar IC50 values, respectively. The higher potency of 4 highlights the importance of the bicyclic core structure of peloruside A for nM biological activity.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

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Gertsch, Jürg


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health








Patrizia Catucci

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01 May 2014 13:28

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