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Total Synthesis of Waixenicin A and Xenibellol A

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Project "SynWaiXen" data sheet

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address: INNRAIN 52
postcode: 6020

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 174˙167 €
 EC max contribution 174˙167 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-03-01   to  2022-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK AT (INNSBRUCK) coordinator 174˙167.00


 Project objective

The realization of the first total syntheses of the two marine natural products waixenicin A and xenibellol A is the aim of this proposal. For this purpose, a N-heterocyclic carben (NHC)-catalyzed bicyclization shall be employed as key transformation. Both target structures are members of the Xenia diterpenoids family and exhibit cytotoxicity against human cancer cell lines. Despite these highly desirable, promising biological properties and unique structural features, therapeutic applications have been prevented by the circumstance that no synthetic access has been achieved until this day. Using retrosynthetic pattern recognition, we realized that the central fused lactone motif (of both natural products) could be efficiently accessed via a recently reported NHC-catalyzed bicyclization reaction. This organocatalytic methodology enables a rapid creation of molecular complexity and, therefore, its application to these total syntheses should save time and other resources. If a therapeutic potential can be corroborated, a synthetic access would provide this family of Xenia diterpenoids (or their derivatives) as possible anticancer drugs. As a result, this project could potentially lead to an improvement of medical care for future cancer patients, thereby also addressing a UN sustainable development goal.

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