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Keywords:

  • biomimetic synthesis;
  • chemoselectivity;
  • furanocembranoids;
  • Lewis acids;
  • total synthesis
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Mapping the matrix: Several coralloidolides, members of a Mediterranean branch of the furanocembranoid family of diterpenes, have been synthesized. The total syntheses include biomimetic transformations that often occur with high chemoselectivity, thus obviating the need for protecting-group manipulations. The fascinating reactivity of 2,5-diene-1,4-dione moieties was explored in detail.