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      A Short Synthesis of (±)‐3‐Demethoxyerythratidinone by Ligand‐Controlled Selective Heck Cyclization of Equilibrating Enamines

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          A short, 5‐step total synthesis of (±)‐3‐demethoxyerythratidinone from a simple pyrrole derivative is described. Features include the formation of gram quantities of a key tricylic aziridine from a challenging photochemical cascade reaction through the use of flow photochemistry. The final step involved a highly unusual Heck cyclization whereby ligand control enabled efficient formation of the natural product in 69 % yield from the minor isomer present in an equilibrating mixture of labile enamines.

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                Angew Chem Int Ed Engl
                Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl
                Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English)
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                04 May 2017
                01 June 2017
                : 56
                : 23 ( doiID: 10.1002/anie.v56.23 )
                : 6613-6616
                [ 1 ] School of ChemistryUniversity of Bristol Cantock's Close Bristol BS8 1TSUK
                © 2017 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Figures: 5, Tables: 1, References: 46, Pages: 4, Words: 0
                Funded by: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
                Award ID: EP/G036764/1
                Natural Product Synthesis
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                cycloaddition, total synthesis, photochemistry, ligands, heck reaction


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