The asymmetric total synthesis of (+)-panepophenanthrin, an inhibitor of ubiquitin-activating enzyme (E1), has been accomplished using catalytic asymmetric α aminoxylation of 1,4-cyclohexanedione monoethylene ketal as a key step, followed by several diastereoselective reactions. The biomimetic Diels-Alder reaction of a monomer precursor was found to proceed efficiently in water. The investigation of the biological properties of new derivatives of (+)-panepophenanthrin enabled us to develop new cell-permeable E1 inhibitors, RKTS-80, -81, and -82.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry