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See detailOlefin metathesis as key step in the synthesis of bioactive compounds: Challenges in the total synthesis of irioteolides
Demonceau, Albert ULg; Dragutan, I.; Dragutan, V. et al

in Current Organic Synthesis (2012), 9

Iriomoteolides are novel macrolides possessing either a unique 15-membered or a 20-membered macrocycle, and displaying exceedingly potent cytotoxicity with IC50 values of up to 2 ng/mL. Thus far, over a ... [more ▼]

Iriomoteolides are novel macrolides possessing either a unique 15-membered or a 20-membered macrocycle, and displaying exceedingly potent cytotoxicity with IC50 values of up to 2 ng/mL. Thus far, over a period of about four years, ten research groups worldwide have published their synthetic efforts resulting in four total syntheses of iriomoteolides and a few diastereomers thereof, and a number of fragment and macrocyclic core syntheses. Interestingly, three total syntheses involved ring-closing metathesis as the key step for the construction of the macrocycle, whereas the synthesis of three fragments was accomplished using a cross-metathesis reaction. Herein we highlight assets and limitations of the olefin metathesis reaction in the synthesis of the title compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailOlefin metathesis as key step in the synthesis of bioactive compounds: Challenges in the total synthesis of (-)-kendomycin
Bicchielli, Dario; Borguet, Yannick ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg et al

in Current Organic Synthesis (2012), 9(3), 397-405

In this short review article, we highlight the application of the olefin metathesis reaction as a key step in the total synthesis of (-)-kendomycin, a macrocyclic polyketide ansamycin exhibiting ... [more ▼]

In this short review article, we highlight the application of the olefin metathesis reaction as a key step in the total synthesis of (-)-kendomycin, a macrocyclic polyketide ansamycin exhibiting pronounced activity as an endothelin receptor antagonist and antiosteoporotic agent, as well as important antibiotic potency against multiresistant bacteria and remarkable cytotoxicity versus a series of human tumour cell lines. By selecting this example from the recent literature, we hope to illustrate the great synthetic ability of olefin metathesis, while also revealing some problems encountered in the syntheses. © 2012 Bentham Science Publishers. [less ▲]

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