A new synthesis of the indole alkaloid (-)-suaveoline from L-tryptophan is reported (overall yield ca. 14%). Key synthetic steps include a high yielding cis-specific Pictet-Spengler reaction, a one-pot Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons and alkylation procedure, a vinylogous Thorpe cyclisation and the direct formation of a 3,4,5-trisubstituted pyridine from a 1,5-dinitrile. The direct conversion of ajmaline to semi-synthetic suaveoline is also described. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2000.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|