A chiral-pool-based synthesis of the platensimycin core was achieved using (S)-lactic acid as an inexpensive starting material. The cyclohexenone ring was closed in a Mukaiyama-Michael domino sequence, while the quaternary stereocenter was created by a highly stereoselective decarboxylative allylation. The spirobicyclic skeleton was constructed by a RCM reaction. A new silver(I)-promoted cyclization reaction of Δ6 - and Δ7 -α-iodoketones was developed and applied for the pivotal carbon-carbon bond formation. The scope and limitations of this methodology are also presented.
Keywords: antibiotics; cyclization; natural products; silver; total synthesis.
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