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Review | Special issue | Vol 66, No. 1, 2005, pp.711-725
Published online, 4th October, 2005
DOI: 10.3987/REV-05-SR(K)2
Enantiotopic Synthesis of Natural Products: Merrilactone and Guanacastepene

Heedong Yun, Zhaoyang Meng, and Samuel J. Danishefsky*

*Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, 3000 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, U.S.A.


We have previously disclosed the total syntheses of racemic merrilactone A and guanacastepene A. We describe herein the development of new routes to key intermediates in the first-generation syntheses, which will allow us to access both merrilactone A and guanacastepene A in enantiomerically enriched form.