New synthesis of artepillin C, a prenylated phenol, utilizing lipase-catalyzed regioselective deacetylation as the key step

Kazuki Yashiro, Kengo Hanaya, Mitsuru Shoji, Takeshi Sugai

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We have synthesized artepillin C, a diprenylated p-hydroxycinnamate originally isolated from Brazilian propolis and exhibiting antioxidant and antitumor activities, from 2,6-diallylphenol. Replacement of the terminal vinyl with 2,2-dimethylvinyl group by olefin cross-metathesis and subsequent transformation yielded 2,6-diprenyl-1,4-hydroquinone diacetate. Candida antarctica lipase B-catalyzed deacetylation in 2-propanol regioselectively removed the less hindered acetyl group to give 2,6-diprenyl-1,4-hydroquinone 1-monoacetate. After triflation of the liberated 4-hydroxy group, a three-carbon side chain was introduced by palladium-mediated alkenylation with methyl acrylate. Final hydrolysis of the esters furnished artepillin C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1926-1930
Number of pages5
JournalBioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Artepillin C
  • Lipase
  • Prenylated phenol
  • Regioselective transesterification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

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