DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1588558
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Biology-Oriented Synthesis of Decahydro-4,8-epoxyazulene Scaffolds

Zhi-Jun Jiaa, b, Christian Mertenc, Lena Knauerd, Sandip Murarkae, Carsten Strohmannd, Herbert Waldmann*a, b
  • aDepartment of Chemical Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 11, 44227 Dortmund, Germany   Email:
  • bChemical Biology, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Technical University Dortmund, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 4a, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
  • cRuhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl für Organische Chemie II, Universitätsstrasse 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany
  • dInorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology,Technical University Dortmund, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 6, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
  • eDepartment of Chemistry, IIT Jodhpur, Old Residency Road, Ratanada, Jodhpur-342011, Rajasthan, India
C.M. thanks the FCI for a Liebig Fellowship and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for support through the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (‘Ruhr Explores Solvation’, EXC 1069). This research was supported by the European Research Council under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7/2007–2013; ERC Grant 268309 to H.W.) and by the Max Planck Society.
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Publication History

Received: 13 June 2017

Accepted after revision: 28 July 2017

Publication Date:
23 August 2017 (eFirst)

Dedicated to Victor Snieckus on the occasion of his 80th birthday


Guided by the principle of biology-oriented synthesis, a collection of compounds with decahydro-4,8-epoxyazulene scaffold occurring in bioactive natural products was synthesized by the rhodium(II)-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of pentafulvenes and carbonyl ylides. The products can be obtained in moderate to high yields, with moderate enantioselectivity and excellent diastereoselectivity and regioselectivity.

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