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J Org Chem. 2007 Apr 13;72(8):2857-64. Epub 2007 Mar 22.

Stereoselective syntheses of the 2-Isopropenyl-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran nucleus: potential chiral building blocks for the syntheses of tremetone, hydroxytremetone, and rotenone.

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  • 1Molecular Sciences Institute, School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, PO Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa.


The first enantioselective synthesis of the 2-isopropenyl-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran skeleton of tremetone and hydroxytremetone from (E)-4-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-2-methyl-2-butenyl methyl carbonate and (E)-4-(2,6-dihydroxyphenyl)-2-methyl-2-butenyl methyl carbonate, respectively, is described. The key step is a catalytic palladium-mediated reaction in the presence of the chiral Trost ligand.

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