(+)-Stephadiamine is an unusual alkaloid isolated from the vine Stephania japonica. It features a norhasubanan skeleton, and contains two adjacent α-tertiary amines, which renders it an attractive synthetic target. Here, we present the first total synthesis of stephadiamine, which hinges on an efficient cascade reaction to implement the aza[4.3.3]propellane core of the alkaloid. The α-aminolactone moiety in a highly hindered position was installed via Tollens reaction and Curtius rearrangement. Useful building blocks for the asymmetric synthesis of morphine and (nor)hasubanan alkaloids are introduced.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry