A new route to platencin via decarboxylative radical cyclization

Gamal A.I. Moustafa, Yuki Saku, Hiroshi Aoyama, Takehiko Yoshimitsu

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A new approach to platencin, a potent antibiotic isolated from Streptomyces platensis, has been established. The highly congested tricyclic core of the natural product was successfully constructed by decarboxylative radical cyclization of an alkynyl silyl ester with Pb(OAc)4 in the presence of pyridine in refluxing 1,4-dioxane. The key decarboxylation, which likely takes place via lead(IV) esterification followed by carbon-centered radical generation and subsequent capture of the radical with a triple bond, allows the rapid construction of the twisted polycyclic system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15706-15709
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number99
Publication statusPublished - Nov 18 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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