Organic synthesis can have a dramatic impact on public health when strategies can be devised to prepare molecules with useful biological properties efficiently and in large quantity. Designing new reactions that allow for selective bond construction is essential to meet this objective. This proposal outlines plans for expanding upon my research group's studies in utilizing oxidative fragmentation reactions in creating new selective transformations, and highlights the unique role that electron transfer processes can play in the synthesis of complex molecules of biological interest. The projects have been selected to show the unique chemoselectivity and functional group compatibility of the reaction conditions and to demonstrate the manner in which oxidative cleavage reactions create opportunities for new synthetic strategies. Specific goals for this project include: Utilizing oxidatively-generated oxocarbenium ions as pendent Lewis acids to initiate cascade reactions involving epoxides in unique ways that will provide access to a significant portion of the natural product lactodehydrothyrsiferol. Developing an oxidative method to use carbon-hydrogen bond activation to form electrophiles. This approach will be useful in the synthesis of C-aryl glycosides and will be applied to the total synthesis of morinol A. The method will also be used to initiate cyclization reactions that result from nucleophilic additions into macrocyclic carbocations, leading to a total synthesis of the cytotoxin aspergillide C. Devising a chiral electroauxiliary that promotes oxidative carbon-hydrogen bond activation, resulting in the formation of an electrophile that engages in diastereoselective addition reactions. A wide range of nucleophilic groups should be compatible with this method, providing access to numerous stereochemically that could not previously be accessed through this protocol.

Public Health Relevance

The projects that are described in this proposal involve the use of electron transfer to prepare molecules that have important biological activities, such as destroying cancer cells and altering cell signalling sequences. These reactions will allow for efficient preparations of agents that optimize these activities and for the design of unique processes that can be used to prepare compounds that exhibit a wide range activities, making this research relevant to areas that transcend those that are defined in the proposal.

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Lees, Robert G
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Cui, Yubo; Balachandran, Raghavan; Day, Billy W et al. (2012) Synthesis and biological evaluation of neopeltolide and analogs. J Org Chem 77:2225-35
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Clausen, Dane J; Floreancig, Paul E (2012) Aromatic cations from oxidative carbon-hydrogen bond cleavage in bimolecular carbon-carbon bond forming reactions. J Org Chem 77:6574-82
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Clausen, Dane J; Wan, Shuangyi; Floreancig, Paul E (2011) Total synthesis of the protein phosphatase 2A inhibitor lactodehydrothyrsiferol. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 50:5178-81
Liu, Lei; Floreancig, Paul E (2010) Stereoselective synthesis of tertiary ethers through geometric control of highly substituted oxocarbenium ions. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 49:5894-7
Liu, Lei; Floreancig, Paul E (2010) Stereoselective heterocycle synthesis through oxidative carbon-hydrogen bond activation. Curr Opin Drug Discov Devel 13:733-47
Liu, Lei; Floreancig, Paul E (2010) 2,3-Dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone-catalyzed reactions employing MnO2 as a stoichiometric oxidant. Org Lett 12:4686-9

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