Conformational study of dibenzocyclo-octadiene systems related to the schizandrin-type lignans

Hugo E. Gottlieb, Miljenko Mervič, Eugene Ghera, Felix Frolow

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X-Ray and 1H and 13C n.m.r. data have been obtained for the dibenzocyclo-octadiene lignan kadsurin and several of its synthetic precursors, in which di-ortho-substitution of the aryl rings leads to high energy barriers for rotation around the biaryl bond. The crystallographic and spectral information shows that for compounds in this series the eight-membered ring adopts either a twist-boat (TB) or twist-boat-chair (TBC) conformation. The relative stability of ring conformers and/or biaryl rotamers is determined by three factors: (i) a preference for the TBC over the TB form, (ii) stabilization of the TB conformation by conjugation of the benzylic carbonyl groups with the aryl rings, and (iii) the presence of benzylic hydroxy (or acetoxy) substituents in endo/exo orientations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2353-2358
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


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