Bioinspired Intramolecular Diels-Alder Cycloaddition for the Total Synthesis of Ophiorrhine A via Ophiorrhine G and Ophiorrhiside E

16 June 2022, Version 1
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We report the first total synthesis of the monoterpene indole alkaloids ophiorrhine A via a late stage bioinspired intramolecular Diels-Alder cycloaddition to form the intricate bridged and spirannic polycyclic system. Several strategies were investigated to construct the indolopyridone moiety of ophiorrhiside E, the postulated biosynthetic precursor of ophiorrhine A. Eventually, the Friedel-Crafts-type coupling of indolyl-acetamide with secologanin-derived acid chloride delivered ophiorrhine G. Cyclode-hydratation of a protected form of the latter was followed by the desired spontaneous intramolecular Diels-Alder cycloaddition of protected ophiorrhiside E leading to ophiorrhine A.


Total Synthesis


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