The practical synthesis of the C-ring precursor of paclitaxel starting from 3-methoxytoluene is described. Lipase-catalyzed kinetic resolution of a substituted cyclohexane-1,2-diol, derived from 3-methoxytoluene in three steps, successfully afforded a desired enantiomer with >99% ee, which was transformed to a cyclohexenone. 1,4-Addition of a vinyl metal species, followed by Mukaiyama aldol reaction with formalin in the presence of a Lewis acid provided the known C-ring precursor of paclitaxel in a 10 g scale.
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- Drug Discovery