Total synthesis and structural elucidation of spongosoritin A

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Two putative structures of spongosoritin A, with syn (6R,8R) and anti (6S,8R) configurations, were each synthesised in a total of 11 linear steps with only 8 purification procedures. The key steps in our strategy included Evans alkylation and olefin dihydroxylation to install the C8 and C6 stereocentres, a transacetalisation/dehydration cascade to construct the furanylidene core, and chromatographic separation of 9E- and 9Z-isomers of the final compounds with silver nitrate impregnated silica. Comparison of the 1H and 13C NMR data for the synthetic syn- and anti-isomers to that reported for the natural product revealed that the relative configuration of spongosoritin A is syn. The absolute stereochemistry was also confirmed as 6R,8R based on optical rotation measurements where the synthetic syn (6R,8R) and natural product had the same sign of optical rotation (negative).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1358
Number of pages8
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number8
Early online date29 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We wish to thank Flinders University for funding, support and facilities. LJA acknowledges receipt of the Ferry Honours Scholarship and MDN acknowledges receipt of the MF & MH Joyner PhD Scholarship in Science.

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© 2018 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


  • spongosoritin A
  • Marine sponges


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