Synlett: Accounts and Rapid Communications in Synthetic Organic Chemistry vol:24 issue:9 pages:1097-1100
In our search for new easily accessible analogues based on the natural product podophyllotoxin, we synthesized 1-aza-4-deoxypicropodophyllotoxin in good overall yield and excellent enantioselectivity. The synthesis was centered around a direct asymmetric Mannich reaction using d-proline as the key step for introduction of the chiral centres. Our synthesis of 1-aza-4-deoxypodophyllotoxin was hindered through the increased instability towards epimerization of the C2 position. We did, however, synthesized a new scaffold based on the opened lactone analogue.