Total Synthesis of Aquayamycin

Shunichi Kusumi, Harunobu Nakayama, Takumi Kobayashi, Hajime Kuriki, Yuka Matsumoto, Daisuke Takahashi, Kazunobu Toshima

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An efficient and practical total synthesis of aquayamycin has been accomplished. The highly oxidized and stereochemically complex tetracyclic ring system was constructed using three key reactions: 1) highly diastereoselective 1,2-addition of C-glycosyl naphthyllithium to a cyclic ketone, 2) indium-mediated site-selective allylation-rearrangement sequence of naphthoquinone, and 3) diastereoselective intramolecular pinacol coupling. This synthetic strategy offers a novel and efficient pathway to prepare aquayamycin-type angucycline antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18733-18736
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 23


  • angucycline antibiotics
  • antitumor antibiotics
  • aquayamycin
  • natural products
  • total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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