Four-Step Access to the Sesquiterpene Natural Product Presilphiperfolan-1β-ol and Unnatural Derivatives via Supramolecular Catalysis

Herein we report the shortest synthesis of the tricyclic sesquiterpene presilphiperfolan-1β-ol to date, utilizing the supramolecular resorcinarene capsule as catalyst for the key step. This synthetic approach also allows access to unnatural derivatives of the natural product, which would not be accessible through the biosynthetic machinery. Additionally, this study provides useful insight into the biosynthesis of the presilphiperfolanol natural products, including the first direct experimental evidence for the proposed biosynthetic connection between caryophyllene and the presilphiperfolanols.