Robust Synthesis of Terpenoid Scaffolds under Mn(I)-Catalysis

J Org Chem. 2023 Aug 4;88(15):10761-10771. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.3c00816. Epub 2023 Jul 18.


The 6/6/5-fused tricyclic scaffold is a central feature of structurally complex terpenoid natural products. A step-economical cascade transformation that leads to a complex molecular skeleton is regarded as a sustainable methodology. Therefore, we report the first Mn(I)-catalyzed C(sp2)-H chemoselective in situ dienylation and diastereoselective intramolecular Diels-Alder reaction using iso-pentadienyl carbonate to access 6/6/5-fused tricyclic scaffolds. To the best of our knowledge, there is no such report thus far to utilize iso-pentadienyl carbonate as a substrate in C-H activation catalysis. Extensive mechanistic studies, such as the isolation of catalytically active organo-manganese(I) complexes, 1,3-dienyl-intermediates, and isotopic labeling experiments have supported the proposed mechanism of this cascade reaction.