Seiridiasteriscane A is an asteriscane-type sesquiterpenoid bearing a trans-fused bicyclo[6.3.0]undecane skeleton. Although its biosynthesis has been proposed to involve a semipinacol rearrangement of a putative intermediary acetate bearing a bicyclo[7.2.0]undecane ring system (presumably derived from coisolated pestalotiopsin M) followed by epimerization of the resulting cis-fused seiridiasteriscane B, such a type of semipinacol rearrangement has never been reported so far. Our model study revealed that a 1-hydroxybicyclo[7.2.0]undecan-2-yl acetate underwent a smooth and stereospecific semipinacol rearrangement with the assistance of Et2AlCl to give the corresponding bicyclo[6.3.0]undecane-9-one. In addition, the resulting cis-fused 5,8-bicyclic ketone was partially epimerized to the corresponding trans-fused ketone by prolonged adsorption onto a silica gel plate. These results may support a recently proposed biosynthetic pathway of seiridiasteriscane A.
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