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Brian N. Laforteza, Mark Pickworth and Prof. David W. C. MacMillan Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (−)-Minovincine in Nine Chemical Steps: An Approach to Ketone Activation in Cascade Catalysis Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 2 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201305171

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Dressed to the nines: The first enantioselective total synthesis of (−)-minovincine has been accomplished in nine chemical steps and 13 % overall yield. A novel, one-step Diels–Alder/β-elimination/conjugate addition organocascade sequence allowed rapid access to the central tetracyclic core in an asymmetric manner. Boc=tert-butoxycarbonyl, LG=leaving group, PMB=para-methoxybenzyl.

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