Lyconadin A is a pentacyclic Lycopodium alkaloid isolated from the club moss Lycopodium complanatum with antitumor properties. We have developed a novel 7-exo/6-exo acyl radical cascade cyclization as a method of making the bicyclo[5.4.0]undecane ring system of lyconadin A. The model products are trans-fused ring systems, while a cis-fused ring system is needed in lyconadin A. We have discovered a method to convert the trans-fused model cascade cyclization product into the desired cis isomer. Based on Donohoe's pyridone synthesis, we developed a method for the construction of 5-alkyl and 3,5-dialkyl-6-carbomethoxy-2-pyridones, the former of which is a subunit of lyconadin A. An intramolecular Reformatsky reaction is a key step in this process. We have proceeded with our total synthesis, in which we generated an epoxide by Shi asymmetric epoxidation and regioselectively opened epoxide rings. We have prepared carboxylic acid 197.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Zhang, Yu, "Progress Toward the Total Synthesis of Lyconadin A" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2345.
radical cyclization, pyridone, lyconadin A