Stereocontrolled Total Synthesis of Lipoxins As and B5

K. C. Nicolaou, S. E. Webber, J. Ramphal, Y. Abe

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Icosapentaenoic acids and their metabolites are of both nutritional and bio‐medical interest. The title compounds were previously accessible in only very small amounts via biosynthetic routes. Their first total synthesis has now been achieved in good yield and in a stereocontrolled fashion. The key steps were a Pd0–Cu1‐catalyzed coupling of terminal alkynes with vinyl halides to give the icosanoid skeleton and Lindlar hydrogenation to give the Z olefins. (Figure Presented.)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1021
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1987 Oct
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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