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Communication | Special issue | Vol 74, No. 1, 2007, pp.245-249
Published online, 20th November, 2007
DOI: 10.3987/COM-07-S(W)72
Synthesis of Psymberic Acid

Birgit Henßen, Elena Kasparyan, Gernot Marten, and Jörg Pietruszka*

*Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf/FZ Juelich, Stetternicher Forst, Geb. 15.8, D-52426 Juelich, Germany


A short synthesis of the unique side-chain of psymberin (1) — the psymberic acid (4) — is presented. Notable features of it include a highly selective aldol addition and an attempted enzymatic resolution step.