Total Synthesis of Himandrine
Posted by naturalproductman on June 25, 2009
Mohammad Movassaghi from MIT has recently published a three paged communication in JACS on the total synthesis of himandrine. A key highlight of the synthesis includes an intramolecular Diels-Alder with a four-membered enamide-lactam (2-azetidinone group) substituted on the diene in order to favor the s-cis conformation and also mask the resultant ketone in the natural product. If you’ve seen his previous synthesis of galbulimima alkaloid GB-13, then you’ll notice that some of the reactions are remniscent of that synthesis. This molecule is really cool and has good history with Lew Mander being one of the pioneers in the process of discovering this molecule.
Did anybody else ever think that Professor Mander looks a little like Professor Larry Overman? Maybe it’s kind of like how GB-13 looks like himandrine.