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Communication | Special issue | Vol 103, No. 2, 2021, pp.687-693
Published online, 10th February, 2021
DOI: 10.3987/COM-20-S(K)65
Synthetic Studies on Didymeline Using Spirocyclization of Phenols with Diazo Functionality

Mitsuru Ikeda, Hiroki Nakayama, Ayaka Kanda, Shingo Harada,* and Tetsuhiro Nemoto*

*Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chuo, Chiba, Japan


Didymeline is an alkaloid with an azaspiro tricyclic skeleton with various functionalities. Despite the fact that its unique architecture is synthetically attractive, its total synthesis has never been achieved before. Herein, we present synthetic studies on the core structure of Didymeline. Accordingly, a spiro ring system was constructed through dearomatization of a phenol derivative with α-diazoamide unit. Based on the resulting 2-azaspiro[4,5]decane variant, a tricyclic molecule was synthesized via base-promoted intramolecular ring closure. For an asymmetric synthesis, an enantioselective dearomatization was also examined under silver catalysis, which led to the formation of an all-carbon substituted quaternary stereogenic center.