What Is the Structure of the Antitubercular Natural Product Eucapsitrione?

Glenn A. Pullella, Duncan A. Wild, Gareth L. Nealon, Mikhail Elyashberg, Matthew J. Piggott

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1,5,7-Trihydroxy-6H-indeno[1,2-b]anthracene-6,11,13-trione (1), proposed to be the antitubercular natural product eucapsitrione, has been synthesized in 43% overall yield and six steps, including a key Suzuki-Miyaura biaryl coupling and a directed remote metalation (DReM)-initiated cyclization. The physical and spectroscopic properties of 1 do not match the data reported for the natural product. At this time there is insufficient information available to enable a structure reassignment. During the optimization of the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling, an unprecedented biaryl coupling ortho to the borono group was observed. The scope of this unusual reaction has been investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7287-7299
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2017


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