In this contribution, we propose a new synthetic approach to tetrodotoxin (TTX), one of the most famous marine toxins that, after first preparing a functionalized linear substrate, forms a cyclohexane core from the substrate utilizing our mercuric triflate (Hg(OTf)2)-catalyzed cycloisomerization reaction. The concept was applied to the synthesis of 11-nor-6,7,8-trideoxyTTX and 11-nor-4,9-anhydro-6,7,8-trideoxyTTX, which are unnatural TTX analogues, demonstrating the validity of our new approach.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry