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Keywords:

  • cyclization;
  • gold;
  • natural products;
  • terpenoids;
  • total synthesis

Abstract

Three natural aromadendrane sesquiterpenes, (−)-epiglobulol, (−)-4β,7α-aromadendranediol, and (−)-4α,7α-aromadendranediol, have been synthesized in only seven steps in 12, 15, and 17 % overall yields, respectively, from (E,E)-farnesol by a stereodivergent gold(I)-catalyzed cascade reaction which forms the tricyclic aromadendrane core in a single step. These are the shortest total syntheses of these natural compounds.