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Paper | Special issue | Vol 79, No. 1, 2009, pp.791-804
Published online, 14th November, 2008
DOI: 10.3987/COM-08-S(D)48
Synthesis of the Bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane Core of Huperzine A and Novel Pyridine-Fused Tricycles by Cyclisation of Pyridine-Based Radicals

Jarrod Ward and Vittorio Caprio*

*Department of Chemistry, University of Auckland, 23 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand


The cyclisation of 3-pyridyl radicals and (2-pyridyl)methyl radicals, generated from (pyridyl)cyclohexenols 5 to 8, has been examined as part of a model study directed towards the synthesis of huperzine A. The 3-pyridyl radical, generated from 3-bromopyridine 5, undergoes 5-exo-trig cyclisation to give hexahydroindenopyridine 10. Related pyridine-fused tricycle 12 is formed by 5-exo-trig cyclization of the (2-pyridyl)methyl radical derived from selenide 7b, while the radicals generated from selenides 8b and 19 undergo 6-exo-trig cyclisation to give the bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane core of huperzine A.