Synthetic studies of enacyloxins (ENXs), a series of yellow-colored, polyene-polyol antibiotics produced by Frateuria sp. W-315, are described. The C1'-C8' polyene fragments were prepared using successive Wittig reactions. The C9'-C15' and C10'-C15' fragments were constructed from (S)-isopropylideneglyceraldehyde using Yamaguchi's nucleophilic substitution reaction of acetylide to epoxide, and/or Marshall's allenylindium mediated reaction as the key steps.
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