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Review | Special issue | Vol 103, No. 1, 2021, pp.110-128
Published online, 20th November, 2020
DOI: 10.3987/REV-20-SR(K)3
Recent Advances in Synthetic Strategies for the C4a,C9a-Fused Tetracyclic Hydrocarbazole Core Structure of Minfiensine and Related Akuammiline Alkaloids

Keisuke Hosoya, Keita Iida, Minami Odagi,* and Kazuo Nagasawa*

*Department of Biotechnology and Life Science, Faculty of Technology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588, Japan


The Strychnos alkaloid minfiensine and its analogs among the akuammiline alkaloids have a variety of biological activities, including anti-tumor and analgesic activities, and have therefore attracted considerable synthetic interest. Here we provide an overview of recent advances in methodologies for the construction of the characteristic tetracyclic hydrocarbazole core structure containing a fused pyrrolidine ring at C4a and C9a.