Four-Step Access to the Sesquiterpene Natural Product Presilphiperfolan-1β-ol and Unnatural Derivatives via Supramolecular Catalysis

Leonidas Dimitrios Syntrivanis, Ivana Némethová, Dario Schmid, Shani Levi, Alessandro Prescimone, Fabian Bissegger, Dan T. Major, Konrad Tiefenbacher

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Abstract

Terpenes constitute one of the most structurally varied classes of natural products. A wide range of these structures are produced in nature by type I terpene cyclase enzymes from one single substrate. However, such reactivity has proven difficult to reproduce in solution with man-made systems. Herein we report the shortest synthesis of the tricyclic sesquiterpene presilphiperfolan-1β-ol to date, utilizing the supramolecular resorcinarene capsule as catalyst for the key step. This synthetic approach also allows access to unnatural derivatives of the natural product, which would not be accessible through the biosynthetic machinery. Additionally, this study provides useful insight into the biosynthesis of the presilphiperfolanol natural products, including the first experimental evidence consistent with the proposed biosynthetic connection between caryophyllene and the presilphiperfolanols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5894-5900
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume142
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Mar 2020

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Funding

This work was supported by funding from the European Research Council Horizon 2020 Programme [ERC Starting Grant 714620-TERPENECAT] and the Swiss National Science Foundation as part of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering.

FundersFunder number
European Research Council Horizon 2020 Programme
NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme714620
European Research Council
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung

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