Computation-guided asymmetric total syntheses of resveratrol dimers
Masaya Nakajima, Yusuke Adachi & Tetsuhiro Nemoto
Although computational simulation-based natural product syntheses are in their initial stages of development, this concept can potentially become an indispensable resource in the field of organic synthesis. Herein we report the asymmetric total syntheses of several resveratrol dimers based on a comprehensive computational simulation of their biosynthetic pathways. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations suggested inconsistencies in the biosynthesis of vaticahainol A and B that predicted the requirement of structural corrections of these natural products. According to the computational predictions, total syntheses were examined and the correct structures of vaticahainol A and B were confirmed. The established synthetic route was applied to the asymmetric total synthesis of (−)-malibatol A, (−)-vaticahainol B, (+)-vaticahainol A, (+)-vaticahainol C, and (−)-albiraminol B, which provided new insight into the biosynthetic pathway of resveratrol dimers. This study demonstrated that computation-guided organic synthesis can be a powerful strategy to advance the chemical research of natural products.
computational simulation, natural products