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Keywords:

  • carbohydrates;
  • medium-sized rings;
  • natural products;
  • phenols;
  • total synthesis
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Quite strained: The total synthesis of (+)-davidiin, an ellagitannin with more substituents in axial than in equatorial positions, requires a conformational lock of the glucose, induced by steric repulsion between adjacent bulky silyloxy groups. This conformational lock played a pivotal role in 1) the β-selective formation of the glycosyl ester at the anomeric position, 2) the formation of the 1,6-HHDP bridge, and 3) the complete control of axial chirality in the aryl–aryl coupling.