Journal Article Structural Revision and Biomimetic Synthesis of Goupiolone B

Matsuo, Yosuke  ,  Yoshida, Ayane  ,  Saito, Yoshinori  ,  Tanaka, Takashi

56 ( 39 )  , pp.11855 - 11859 , 2017-09-18 , Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Goupiolones A and B are unique phenolic compounds with significant DNA-damaging activity. In this study, the structure of goupiolone B was revised on the basis of DFT calculations of the 13C NMR chemical shifts and biosynthetic considerations. The dibenzobicyclo[3.2.2]nonane skeleton of the revised structure suggested that goupiolone B was produced by oxidative coupling between catechol and goupiolone A, which was strongly supported by biomimetic synthesis. Furthermore, racemization of goupiolone B was observed during the attempted resolution of its racemic mixture. A plausible racemization mechanism involving α-ketol rearrangement is proposed.

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