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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 14, No. 4, 1980, pp.439-444
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1980-04-0439
A Synthetic Approach to Important Intermediates of Reserpine and Yohimbine — Synthesis of Non-tryptamine Components from Furfural

Toshio Suzuki, Akiko Tominio, Katsuo Unno, and Tetsuji Kametani*

*Pharmaceutical Institute, Tohoku University, Aobayama, Sendai 980-8578, Japan

Abstract

A general method for the stereoselective synthesis of the non-tryptamine components of reserpine and yohimbine via the same compound (4) is described. This common intermediate was readily obtained by Diels-Alder reaction of the furfural derivative (10) with maleic anhydride.