Postulated biogenesis of WS9885B and progress toward an enantioselective synthesis

Christopher D. Vanderwal, David A. Vosburg, Sven Weiler, Erik J. Sorensen

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(Matrix presented) WS9885B promotes the assembly of microtubules in vitro and displays cytotoxicity as potent as paclitaxel against several cancer cell lines. In this Letter, we propose a biogenesis for this architecturally complex bacterial metabolite from a much simpler, polyunsaturated precursor. We also present significant progress toward a convergent, enantioselective synthesis of WS9885B. Our work features a chemoselective palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling of two advanced building blocks and an uncommon Claisen-like cyclization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-648
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 26 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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