Natural Product Syntheses via Carbonylative Cyclizations

Nat Prod Rep. 2019 Jan 1;36(1):174-219. doi: 10.1039/c8np00033f. Epub 2018 Jun 20.


Covering: 2000-2018In this review, we highlight recent examples of natural product total syntheses employing transition metal-mediated/catalyzed carbonylative cyclization strategies to build key ring systems. It mainly covers carbonylative cyclizations for the construction of O-heterocycles, N-heterocycles and carbocycles including cyclic ketones and phenols. The reaction types include carbonylation of epoxide to β-lactones, carbonylative (macro)lactonization/lactamization, the Semmelhack reaction, tandem hydroformylation-cyclization, the Pauson-Khand reaction, carbonylative C-H activation cyclization, the Stille/Suzuki carbonylation, [n + m + 1] carbonylative cycloaddition, the Dötz annulation, and others.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Products / metabolism*
  • Cyclization
  • Lactones / chemistry


  • Biological Products
  • Lactones