The Hancock Alkaloids (-)-Cuspareine, (-)-Galipinine, (-)-Galipeine, and (-)-Angustureine: Asymmetric Syntheses and Corrected 1H and 13C NMR Data.
Davies SG., Fletcher AM., Houlsby ITT., Roberts PM., Thomson JE., Zimmer D.
The asymmetric syntheses of all members of the Hancock alkaloid family based upon a 2-substituted N-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline core are delineated. The conjugate addition of enantiopure lithium N-benzyl- N-(α-methyl- p-methoxybenzyl)amide to 5-( o-bromophenyl)- N-methoxy- N-methylpent-2-enamide is used to generate the requisite C-2 stereogenic center of the targets, while an intramolecular Buchwald-Hartwig coupling is used to form the 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline ring. Late-stage diversification completes construction of the C-2 side chains. Thus, (-)-cuspareine, (-)-galipinine, (-)-galipeine, and (-)-angustureine were prepared in overall yields of 30%, 28%, 15%, and 39%, respectively, in nine steps from commercially available 3-( o-bromophenyl)propanoic acid in all cases. Unambiguously corrected 1H and 13C NMR data for the originally isolated samples of (-)-cuspareine, (-)-galipinine, and (-)-angustureine are also reported, representing a valuable reference resource for these popular synthetic targets.