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Recognition of Symmetry as a Powerful Tool in Natural Product SynthesisSupported by: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Supported by: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
Supported by: National Science Foundation CHE-1654223
Supported by: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The design of concise and efficient synthetic strategies to access naturally occurring, pharmaceutically active complex molecules is of utmost importance in current chemistry. It not only enables rapid access to these molecules and their analogues but also provides sufficient quantities for their biological evaluation. Identification of any symmetric or pseudosymmetric synthetic intermediates upon retrosynthetic bond disconnection of the target molecule holds the promise to significantly streamline the route towards the compound of interest. This review will highlight recent examples of successful natural product syntheses reported within the past five years that benefited from the recognition of symmetry elements during the retrosynthetic design.
Received: 11 August 2021
Accepted after revision: 22 November 2021
22 November 2021 (online)
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