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Keywords:

  • allylboration;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • malaria;
  • mefloquines;
  • total synthesis
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The pluses and minuses of mefloquine: A highly enantioselective catalytic borylative isomerization/aldehyde allylboration method for the stereoselective synthesis of the antimalarial drug mefloquine was optimized, thus leading to an efficient synthesis of all four mefloquine stereoisomers and analogues (see scheme). The absolute configuration of these potent compounds was determined for the first time by using chemical synthesis.