The absolute structure of an indole alkaloid (+)-cinchonaminone by total synthesis of both (+)-cinchonaminone and its enantiomer was determined. The main focus of the study was the enantioselective synthesis of both enantiomers of a chiral cis-3,4-disubstituted piperidine. We also evaluated monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitory activities of these enantiomers. Furthermore, its structurally simplified derivatives were synthesized that did not have any chiral center. Two of these derivatives showed stronger MAO inhibitory activities than that of (+)-cinchonaminone.
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