Total synthesis of (-)-Acetylaranotin

Hideto Fujiwara, Taichi Kurogi, Shun Okaya, Kentaro Okano, Hidetoshi Tokuyama

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Epidithiodiketopiperazines are an important class of natural products because of their unique structural and biological properties. Among them, acetylaranotin (1), SCH64874 (2), compound 3, emethallicin A (4), MPC1001 (5), and emestrin (6) feature a dihydrooxepine moiety fused to a pyrrolidine/ epidithiodiketopiperazine (Figure 1). They also display a range of intriguing biological activities, such as: inhibitory activity against viral RNA polymerase, antagonistic activity of epidermal growth factor receptor, potent antituberculous activity, inhibitory activity against histamine release, antiproliferative activity against DU145 human prostate cancer cell line, and antagonistic activity of chemokine receptor (CCR2). While numerous synthetic approaches were investigated, only a limited number of successful preparations of the characteristic dihydrooxepine ring have been reported. During the synthetic studies on MPC1001, Peng and Clive established a synthetic method for a pyrrolidinone-fused dihydrooxepine through tetrahydrooxepine formation followed by selenoxide elimination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13062-13065
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 21


  • Aranotin
  • Diketopiperazine
  • Oxidation
  • Rearrangement
  • Total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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