Total Synthesis of the Antitumor–Antitubercular 2,6′-Bijuglone Natural Product Diospyrin and Its 3,6′-Isomer

Glenn A. Pullella, Daniel Vuong, Ernest Lacey, and Matthew J. Piggott

J. Nat. Prod., 2020, 83, 3623-3634.

Publication Date: December 14, 2020


The 2,6′-bijuglone natural product diospyrin and its unnatural 3,6′-isomer idospyrin have been synthesized in seven steps each from N,N-diethylsenecioamide in overall yields of 12% and 13%, respectively. The syntheses diverge from ramentaceone (7-methyljuglone) and include a key Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling. Diospyrin, idospyrin, and several synthetic precursors exhibit potent and selective cytotoxicity to the murine myeloma NS-1 cell line over neonatal foreskin cells.

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