Bioinspired Indole Prenylation Reactions in Water

Satomi Tanaka, Shinya Shiomi, Hayato Ishikawa

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Isoprene units derived from dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP) are an important motif in many natural products including terpenoids, carotenoids, steroids, and natural rubber. Understanding the chemical characteristics of DMAPP is an important topic in natural products chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. We have developed a direct bioinspired indole prenylation reaction using DMAPP or its equivalents as the electrophile in homogeneous aqueous acidic media in the absence of enzyme to provide prenylated indole products. After establishing the bioinspired indole prenylation reaction, this was then used to achieve the synthesis of a series of natural products, namely, N-prenylcyclo-l-tryptophyl-l-proline, tryprostatins, rhinocladins, and terezine D.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2371-2378
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 25
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry


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