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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 26, No. 5, 1987, pp.1169-1172
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1987-05-1169
The Syntheses of (R)-(+)-β-Vanillyl-γ-butyrolactone and of Chiral Lignans Therefrom

Eric Brown and Alain Daugan

*Laboratorie de Synthèse, Faculté des Sciences, Route de Laval, BP 535, 72017 Le Mans Cedex, France


(R)-(+)-β-vanillyl-γ-butyrolactone was obtained in 4 steps including a resolution, from vanillin and dimethyl succinate, and was used for the total syntheses of 5 naturally occurring and optically active lignans such as (+)-isolariciresinol 20.