The key is symmetry! A convergent synthetic approach of the highly cytotoxic natural product (−)-callystatin A was developed assembling three fragments through Julia–Kocienski olefination and Stille cross-coupling. The new strategy relies on a pivotal local symmetry of the target molecule. In this preliminary study, particular attention was devoted to facilitate the catalytic enantiocontrol of strategic stereogenic centers present in each of the fragments (see scheme).
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