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Keywords:

  • allylation;
  • asymmetric synthesis;
  • natural products;
  • oxidation
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Diastereoselective diboration results in the highly selective 1,4-dihydroxylation of chiral cyclohexadienes (see scheme). Together with the catalytic enantioselective conjugate allylboration, the diene diboration facilitates the asymmetric synthesis of the cytotoxic agent (+)-trans-dihydrolycoricidine (1). pin=pinacol.