An iterative direct aldol reaction using a C3 propionate unit as an aldol donor offers expeditious access to polyketide assembly in a highly diastereo- and enantioselective manner. An all-syn polyketide array with four consecutive stereogenic centers was efficiently constructed by an aldol reaction of thiopropionamide via soft Lewis acid/hard Brønsted base cooperative catalysis. This iterative aldol strategy led to an enantioselective synthesis of (-)-membrenone A and B. (Chemical Equation Presented).
ASJC Scopus subject areas