Stereocontrolled total synthesis of (-)-aspidophytine

Shinjiro Sumi, Koji Matsumoto, Hidetoshi Tokuyama, Tohru Fukuyama

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The enantioselective stereocontrolled total synthesis of aspidophytine is described. The key indole intermediate was prepared by radical cyclization of 2-alkenylphenylisocyanide, followed by Sonogashira-coupling with a highly functionalized terminal acetylene. The 11-membered cyclic amine, a precursor for the formation of the aspidosperma skeleton, was synthesized using nitrobenzenesulfonamide chemistry. After construction of the pentacyclic skeleton, the lactone ring was formed to complete the total synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8571-8587
Number of pages17
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 20


  • Aspidophytine
  • Aspidosperma alkaloid
  • Indole
  • Macrocycles
  • Total synthesis


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