Approaches to Styrenyl Building Blocks for the Synthesis of Polyene Xanthomonadin and its Analogues

Katrina Madden, Benjamin Laroche, Sylvain David, Andrei Batsanov, Daniel Thompson, Jonathan Knowles, Andrew Whiting

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A number of aryl building blocks for the synthesis of two xanthomonadin natural product pigments, as well as a related analogue, were accessed using a divergent hydroboration/bromoboration approach from a key alkynyl intermediate. A new approach towards substitution patterns around the ring was adopted following the isolation of an unexpected regioisomer from the bromination reaction. Potential coupling reactions onto these building blocks were explored, with a successful Sonogashira coupling performed on the key alkynyl intermediate, and with the key debrominated styrenyl boronate ester intermediate functionalised both by preliminary Suzuki–Miyaura coupling and by iododeboronation/Heck–Mizoroki coupling. Coupling reactions with brominated styrenyl intermediates proved much more challenging due to the instability of the intermediates to cross-coupling, but some studies have shown promise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5312-5322
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number38
Early online date7 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2018


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