Synthesis of paclitaxel. 2. construction of the ABCD ring and formal synthesis

Keisuke Fukaya, Keisuke Kodama, Yuta Tanaka, Hirohisa Yamazaki, Tomoya Sugai, Yu Yamaguchi, Ami Watanabe, Takeshi Oishi, Takaaki Satou, Noritaka Chida

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A formal synthesis of the antitumor diterpenoid paclitaxel (Taxol) is described. The ABC ring of paclitaxel, synthesized starting from 1,3-cyclohexanedione and tri-O-acetyl-d-glucal by SmI<inf>2</inf>-mediated cyclization as the key transformation, was successfully converted to Takahashi's tetracyclic oxetane intermediate. A double Chugaev reaction was employed for introduction of the strained bridgehead olefin, and stereoselective formation of the oxetane ring afforded the known synthetic intermediate, completing the formal synthesis of paclitaxel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2574-2577
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 5


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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Fukaya, K., Kodama, K., Tanaka, Y., Yamazaki, H., Sugai, T., Yamaguchi, Y., Watanabe, A., Oishi, T., Satou, T., & Chida, N. (2015). Synthesis of paclitaxel. 2. construction of the ABCD ring and formal synthesis. Organic Letters, 17(11), 2574-2577.