Enantioselective Synthesis of the Cyclopiazonic Acid Family Using Sulfur Ylides

Oleksandr Zhurakovskyi, Yunus E. Türkmen, Lorenz E. Löffler, Vijayalakshmi A. Moorthie, C. Chun Chen, Michael A. Shaw, Mark R. Crimmin, Marco Ferrara, Mushtaq Ahmad, Mehrnoosh Ostovar, Johnathan V. Matlock, Varinder K. Aggarwal*

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A convergent, nine-step (LLS), enantioselective synthesis of α-cyclopiazonic acid and related natural products is reported. The route features a)an enantioselective aziridination of an imine with a chiral sulfur ylide; b)a bioinspired (3+2)-cycloaddition of the aziridine onto an alkene; and c)installation of the acetyltetramic acid by an unprecedented tandem carbonylative lactamization/N-O cleavage of a bromoisoxazole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1346–1350
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number5
Early online date9 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2018


  • (3+2)-cycloaddition
  • Aziridination
  • Sulfur ylide
  • Total synthesis
  • α-cyclopiazonic acid


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