Synthesis of exo enol ether-cyclic ketal isomers of substituted furanmethanol structures related to marine furanocembranoids

Yi Li, Gerald Pattenden*, Joseph Rogers

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Oxidations of the 2-alkenylfurans 8a and 8b, using peroxy reagents, lead to the dienedione 9 and the furan epoxide 10, respectively. Treatment of the epoxide 10 with p-TSA in MeOH produces the enol ether cyclic ketal 12, which is rapidly isomerised to the furanmethanol ether 15, isolated in 80% yield. By contrast, when the propanol-substituted furan epoxide 23 was kept in CDCl3 containing traces of HCl for 2 h, a 3:2 mixture of Z- and E-isomers of the enol ether spiro ketals 25a and 25b was produced in >92% yield; after 24 h this mixture of isomers underwent dehydration leading to the corresponding enol ether triene 26 (70%). When a solution of the dienedione 9 in H2O-THF containing p-TSA was stirred at 25 °C for 20 h, the tertiary alcohol 27 was produced which, after a further 20 h was converted into the furan vicinal diol 29. Likewise, when the 'cembranoid' dienedione 31 was treated with p-TSA-H2O, the hydroxymethyl-substituted furanobutenolide 33 was produced in 40% yield. It is probable that the enol ether cyclic hemiketals 28 and 32/34, which are related to 12 and 25, and also to the naturally occurring cembranoids 1 and 2 found in corals, are transient intermediates in the conversions leading to 29 and 33 from 9 and 31, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1280-1283
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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