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Review | Regular issue | Vol 75, No. 5, 2008, pp.1021-1053
Published online, 29th January, 2008
DOI: 10.3987/REV-07-624
Synthetic Philosophy: A Study Directed toward Creation of an Ideal Synthetic Method and Its Application for Preventing Global Warming by Combating Desertification

Masanori Somei

*Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan


This review reports how the author has been realizing his synthetic philosophy and five dreams as his life work. The philosophy consists of such three elements as originality rate, intellectual property factor, and application potential factor. On the basis of these elements, an ideal and an efficient synthesis are defined. In the study for the total synthesis of ergot alkaloids, the first concrete example of an approximately ideal synthesis was demonstrated. Further examples are shown relying on the chemistry of 1-hydroxyindoles. A lot of intellectual properties created by the author are successfully condensed to provide promising lead compounds meeting for the respective dreams of developing five drugs 1) for making desert green and food increase in production, 2) for cardiovascular system disease, 3) for dementia, 4) for lifestyle-related disease (osteoporosis, etc.), and 5) for cancer and virus. With potent promoters of plant’s root growth in hand, the first dream is going now successfully. Preliminary experiments combating desertification at Gobi desert in Inner Mongolia are reported in detail, aiming for preventing global warming.