Organic Chemistry

Asymmetric Synthesis of Griffipavixanthone Employing a Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Cycloaddition


Asymmetric synthesis of the biologically active xanthone dimer griffipavixanthone (GPX) is reported along with its absolute stereochemistry determination. Synthesis of the natural product is accomplished via dimerization of a p-quinone methide (p-QM) using a chiral phosphoric acid (CPA) catalyst to afford a protected precursor in excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivity. Mechanistic studies, including an unbiased computational investigation of chiral ion-pairs using parallel tempering (PT), were performed in order to probe the mode of asymmetric induction


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