New syntheses of naturally occurring cytotoxic plant steroids (E)- and (Z)-volkendousin (1 and 2) and their acetonides 1a - a potent selective cell growth inhibitor - and 2a have been accomplished, starting from diosgenin (overall yields of 1.2%, 0.7%, 1.9%, and 1.1% for 1, 2, 1a, and 2a, respectively), and also from 16-dehydropregnenolone (overall yields of 9.4%, 2.5%, 14.0%, and 3.8% for 1, 2, 1a, and 2a, respectively). The efficiency of the stereospecific Petrow rearrangement and the straightforward introduction of the α,β-unsaturated ketone functionality, by a Wharton reaction, illustrate the utility of this new synthetic strategy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||European Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2000|
- Melia volkensii
- Natural products
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry