Total Synthesis of Crocagin A

Filip Bihelovic, Desiree Stichnoth, Frank Surup, Rolf Müller, Dirk Trauner

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Crocagin A (1) combines an attractive molecular structure with an unusual biosynthesis and bioactivity. An efficient synthesis of crocagin A is presented that hinges on an early formation of the heterotricyclic core, an electrophilic amination, and the stereoselective hydrogenation of a tetrasubstituted double bond. This synthesis confirms the absolute configuration of crocagin A and provides access to the natural product and derivatives thereof for further biological testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12848-12851
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 9 2017


  • RiPPs
  • electrophilic amination
  • hydrogenation
  • natural products
  • total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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