Total Synthesis of (–)-Leucoridines A and C

  • Author: ChemViews
  • Published Date: 03 September 2015
  • Source / Publisher: Angewandte Chemie International Edition/Wiley-VCH
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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Rodrigo B. Andrade, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and colleagues have reported a concise biomimetic syntheses of the Strychnos-Strychnos-type bis-indole alkaloids (–)-leucoridine A and C. Dimerization of (–)-dihydrovalparicine lead to (–)-leucoridine A (pictured). This indolenine could be transformed into (–)-leucoridine C by ring-opening using hydrochloric acid.

The researchers prepared (–)-dehydrogeissoschizoline starting from commercially available N-tosyl indole 3-carboxaldehyde via (–)-dihydroakuammicine and (+)-geissoschizoline. Dehydration of the product with with trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in the presence of 4 Å molecular sieves gave (–)-dihydrovalparicine, which dimerized in situ to afford (–)-leucoridine A.

DFT calculations were used to understand the mechanism of the dimerization. The results make a stepwise aza-Michael/spirocyclization sequence seem more likely than the alternate hetero-Diels-Alder cycloaddition reaction. For the concerted mechanism, no viable transition state could be found.


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