Metals are the key players in the synthesis of caralacton, a strong inhibitor of bacterial biofilms. The total synthesis is based on several metal-mediated key transformations such as the Ley and the Duthaler–Hafner aldol reactions, the Marshall reaction and Breit's substitution, as well as the Nozaki–Hiyama–Kishi and Negishi–Fu CC coupling reactions.
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