Synthesis and SAR Analysis of Lipovelutibols B and D and Their Lipid Analogues

J Org Chem. 2020 Feb 7;85(3):1401-1406. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.9b02348. Epub 2019 Dec 6.


The first syntheses of the cytotoxic peptides lipovelutibols B and D are described. While lipovelutibol D was prepared using solid-phase peptide synthesis followed by an O-N acyl migration to install the C-terminal amino alcohol, a different strategy was required to access lipovelutibol B and a series of N-terminal lipid analogues of the natural products. A cytotoxicity structure-activity relationship study revealed that the lipovelutibol D framework, whereby serine is substituted for alanine in the fifth position, provided the most potent analogues. Modification of the lipid tail was generally well tolerated, with longer alkyl chains enhancing analogue cytotoxicity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents*
  • Lipids
  • Serine
  • Solid-Phase Synthesis Techniques*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Lipids
  • Serine