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Highly diastereoselective desymmetrisation of cyclic meso-anhydrides and derivatisation for use in natural product synthesis

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  • Amanda C. Evans
  • Deborah A. Longbottom
  • Masato Matsuoka
  • John E. Davies
  • Richard Turner
  • Vilius Franckevicius
  • Steven V. Ley
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number4
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)747-760
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A new and efficient desymmetrisation of succinic and glutaric cyclic meso-anhydrides is described, providing excellent yields and diastereoselectivities in most cases. Derivatisation of the desymmetrised products is demonstrated by their conversion into mono-protected 1,4-diols. General synthetic utility of the method is established by its application towards a key fragment in the total synthesis of the immunosuppressant antitumour natural product, rapamycin.