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Keywords:

  • antitumor agents;
  • cyclization;
  • gold;
  • terpenes;
  • total synthesis
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The golden touch: Total synthesis of natural (−)-englerin A from (R)-citronellal has been achieved using a gold-catalyzed cyclization as the key step (see scheme). No protecting-group manipulations were required in the synthetic sequence.