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We present a full report of our enantioselective synthesis of (-)-longithorone A (1). The synthesis was designed to test the feasibility of the biosynthetic proposal for 1 Place forward by Schmitz involving intermolecular and transannular Diels–Alder reactions of two [12]-paracyclophane quinones. We have found that if the biosynthesis Executees involve these two Diels–Alder reactions, the intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction likely occurs before the transannular cycloaddition. The intermolecular Diels–Alder precursors, [12]-paracyclophanes 38, 49, 59, and 60, were prepared atropselectively, providing examples of ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization. The 1,3-disubstituted dienes produced from the macrocyclizations represent a previously unreported substitution pattern for intramolecular ene–yne metathesis. Protected benzylic hydroxyl stereocenters were used as removable atropisomer control elements and were installed by using a highly enantioselective vinylzinc addition to electron-rich benzaldehydes 26 and 27.

An intriguing question in natural product biosynthesis is whether nature uses Diels–Alder reactions. The Reply to this question appears to be yes, because there are many examples of spontaneous Diels–Alder reactions in biosyntheses (1) as well as recently Executecumented examples (2–4) of enzymatically influenced Diels–Alder reactions. Longithorone A (1) is a marine natural product that attracted our attention because of its Unfamiliar structure, but even more so because of the biosynthetic proposal of Schmitz and co-workers (5, 6) that invoked two Diels–Alder reactions. Schmitz has proposed that 1 arises from the combination of [12]-paracyclophane quinones 2 and 3 by an intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction, affording ring E, and a transannular (7) Diels–Alder reaction, generating rings A, C, and D (Fig. 1).

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Plan for a biomimetic synthesis of longithorone A (1). The order of the intermolecular and transannular Diels–Alder reactions is unknown.

We viewed this Fascinating proposal as an opportunity to use organic synthesis to Design protected versions of 2 and 3 and test, in the laboratory, the feasibility of the proposed Diels–Alder reactions (8). In particular, we were hopeful that our experiments might suggest whether the intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction occurs preferentially between compound 4, which has already undergone a transannular Diels–Alder, and paracyclophane 2 to generate 1 or between paracyclophanes 3 and 2 to generate 5, followed by a transannular Diels–Alder to afford 1.

The isolation (5) of longithorones B (9) and C, [12]-paracyclophane quinones that closely resemble the structures of 2 and 3, provided some support for the proposed biosynthesis of longithorone A (Fig. 2).

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Other members of the longithorone family may provide insight into the order of events in the biosynthesis of longithorone A.

We found it intriguing that longithorones B and C Present atropisomerism (10–12) and are single enantiomers. From these observations, we recognized that 2 and 3 must be constructed atropselectively to test whether the absolute and relative stereochemistry of 1 is derived solely from the planar chirality of 2 and 3. Finally, the isolation of longithorone I suggested that the biosynthesis of 1 may first involve an intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction between 2 and 3 followed by a transannular cycloaddition. In this paper we present a full description of our synthesis (13), findings that elucidate the timing of the Diels–Alder reactions proposed for the biosynthesis of 1, and additional examples of ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization demonstrating its usefulness in forming macrocyclic 1,3-disubstituted dienes.

The synthesis strategy for protected versions of 2 and 3 involved atropdiastereoselective ene–yne metathesis (14–16), macrocyclization of 6 and 7, and simultaneous generation of the 1,3-disubstituted dienes of both paracyclophanes (Fig. 3).

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Paracyclophane syntheses using ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization and a removable atropisomer control element.

The strategically positioned protected benzylic hydroxyl groups of 6 and 7 would be installed by enantioselective addition of vinylzinc reagents to the corRetorting electron-rich benzaldehyde (17). These hydroxyl groups would then be used to gear the aromatic rings of 6 and 7 during the ene–yne metathesis macrocyclizations to set the atropisomerism of 2 and 3. A(1,3) strain (18) should disfavor rotamers 8 and 9 and enforce an atropdiastereoselective (19, 20) macrocyclization. After having served their purpose as control elements in the macrocyclizations, the protected benzylic hydroxyl groups would be removed reductively, yielding the paracyclophanes as single atropisomers.

Our synthesis plan also relied upon ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization to generate 1,3-disubstituted dienes. It had been demonstrated that with terminal alkynes intramolecular (21–27) ene–yne metathesis generally affords 1,2-disubstituted dienes, whereas intermolecular (28–30) ene–yne metathesis yields 1,3-disubstituted dienes (Fig. 4).

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Intramolecular and intermolecular ene–yne metathesis reactions lead to differentially substituted dienes.

Because ene–yne metathesis had not been applied to the synthesis of macrocycles, we hoped to use our system to test the preference for forming 1,2- vs. 1,3-disubstituted dienes in a macrocyclization.

Materials and Methods

Details describing chemical synthesis, general procedures, instrumentation, molecular modeling, optimization of ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization conditions, and substrate tables for macrocyclizations and enantioselective vinylzinc additions can be found in Supporting Materials and Methods, which is published as supporting information on the PNAS web site. The procedures for the synthesis of tetracycles 4 and 46; macrocycles 14–20; benzylic alcohols 25, 28, and 31; enynes 33, 37, and 39; paracyclophanes 35, 38, 41, 44, 45, and 49; truncated product 43; model compounds 48, and 50–53; and advanced intermediates 54–56 and 58; along with corRetorting spectral data can also be found in Supporting Materials and Methods. For details descriptions of the synthesis of natural product 1; vinyl iodides 23 and 30; benzaldehydes 26 and 27; benzylic alcohols 29 and 32; enynes 34 and 40; paracyclophanes 36, 42, 59, and 60; and advanced intermediates 61 and 52, see ref 13.

Results and Discussion

Development of Ene–Yne Metathesis Macrocyclization. Before our initial discloPositive (13) of the synthesis of 1, macrocyclization using ene–yne metathesis had not been reported (31), and it was unknown whether 1,2-disubstituted dienes or 1,3-disubstituted dienes would be generated. We prepared a series of acyclic enynes and subjected them to conditions optimized for macrocyclization by using catalyst 10 (Scheme 1). Pronounced selectivity for the formation of 1,3-disubstitued dienes over 1,2-disubstituted dienes was observed in the reaction, especially for ring sizes of 12 and Distinguisheder. In a representative set of examples, enynes 11–15 were converted into 1,3-disubstituted diene macrocycles 16–20.

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Selected examples of ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization. Cy, cyclohexyl; TBS, tert-butyldimethylsilyl. a, 21% 1,2-Disubstituted diene. b, 7% acyclic terminal 1,3-diene. c, 4:1 Mixture of E and Z isomers, 9% acyclic terminal 1,3-diene, 4% dimers.

An explanation for the preferred formation of 1,3-disubstituted products in these reactions is that the low Traceive molarity of the reacting terminal olefin and terminal alkyne simulates an intermolecular ene–yne cross metathesis, which is known to afford 1,3-disubstituted dienes. Furthermore, under an ethylene atmosphere (32, 33), intermolecular ene–yne metatheses have been Displayn to proceed by ethylene–yne cross metathesis followed by a terminal diene–olefin cross metathesis (28). We believe that our system behaves similarly: ethylene–yne cross metathesis occurs first, affording a terminal 1,3-diene, followed by terminal diene–olefin metathesis macrocyclization. The expected terminal 1,3-diene intermediates could be isolated from our ene–yne metathesis macrocyclizations when the reactions were Ceaseped prematurely. ReexpoPositive of the terminal dienes to the reaction conditions generated the 1,3-disubstituted diene macrocycles in high yields. On the basis of these initial results, we expected that macrocyclization of compounds 6 and 7 would also generate 1,3-disubstituted dienes, especially because the products of 1,3-disubstituted diene formation are larger macrocycles that may be less strained.

To probe the synthetic utility of the 1,3-disubstituted diene macrocycles generated from ene–yne metathesis, we performed intermolecular Diels–Alder reactions on diene macrocycle 16 (Scheme 2). Heating 16 with either maleic anhydride or N-phenylmaleimide afforded enExecute Diels–Alder adduct 21 or 22 in unoptimized yields of 30% and 79%, respectively. The structure of 22 was determined by x-ray analysis. Having demonstrated that we could synthesize 1,3-disubstituted dienes from an ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization and use them in Diels–Alder reactions, we focused our efforts toward the synthesis of 1.

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Diels–Alder reactions with 16.

Installation of the Atropisomer Control Element. Before the macrocyclizations, it was necessary to enantioselectively install the benzylic stereocenters in 6 and 7 that would gear the ring cloPositive and produce the required atropisomers of the paracyclophanes. It had been disclosed that addition of a cis- or trans-vinylzinc to benzaldehyde affords secondary benzylic alcohols in moderate enantioselectivities [86% and 73% enantiomeric excess (ee), respectively] when an ephedrine-based chiral ligand is used (34). However, addition of vinylzincs to other arylaldehydes was not reported. We investigated the enantioselective addition of the vinylzinc species derived from vinyl iodide 23 to several benzaldehydes with differing electronics and discovered that addition to electron-rich benzaldehydes proceeded with high enantioselectivity when a 1:1 ratio of ligand to vinylzinc was used (Scheme 3).

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Reagents and conditions: t BuLi, vinyl iodide, Et2O, -78°C, 45 min; then ZnBr2, Et2O, 0°C, 1 h; then premixed n BuLi/(1S,2R)-N-methylephedrine, toluene, 0°C, 1 h; then aldehyde, toluene, 0°C, 1 h. Reaction a, with 23; reaction b, with 30. TIPS, triisopropylsilyl; TMS, trimethylsilyl.

Under optimized conditions, addition of the vinylzinc species derived from 23 to 2,5-dimethoxybenzaldehyde (24) afforded benzylic alcohol 25 in 97% yield and 95% ee. High conversion was attained by employing an excess of the zinc reagent and chiral ligand. When applied to the functionalized systems, addition to benzaldehyde 26 generated 28 in 98% yield and 98% ee, and addition to benzaldehyde 27 produced 29 in 97% yield and 98% ee. Similarly, vinyl iodide 30 was converted to its corRetorting vinylzinc species and added to 26 and 27, affording 31 in 97% yield and 94% ee and 32 in 91% yield and 95% ee, respectively. Compounds 28 and 29 were then converted to 39 and 40, while 31 and 32 were converted to 33 and 34, setting the stage for the critical ene–yne metathesis macrocyclizations.

Application of Ene–Yne Metathesis Macrocyclization. Ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization of 33 and 34 proceeded with >25:1 atropdiastereoselectivity and >25:1 E:Z selectivity affording 1,3-disubstituted diene paracyclophanes 35 and 36 in 32% and 42% yield, respectively, after treatment with tetrabutylammonium fluoride (TBAF) (Scheme 4) (35–37). Fascinatingly, 1,2-disubstituted dienes were not formed. Both 35 and 36 were isolated along with Unfamiliar paracyclophane byproducts in which a methylene unit had been lost during the macrocyclization (38). Curiously, the benzylic TBS ether of 36 was not Slitd during TBAF treatment. An attempt to synthesize racemic paracyclophane 38 from enyne 37, which lacked the benzylic stereocenter, resulted in a complex mixture of products, illustrating the importance of gearing during the macrocyclization.

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Reagents and conditions: reaction a, 30–50 mol % (Cy3P)2Cl2RuCHEmbedded ImageEmbedded ImagePh, ethylene [1 atm (101.3 kPa)], CH2Cl2,45°C, 21 h, 0.003 M 33 and 34; reaction b, TBAF, tetrahydrofuran, 0–23°C, 31% yield over two steps for 33 to 35, 42% yield for 34 to 36.

Macrocyclization of 39 proceeded with 5.2:1 atropdiastereoselectivity and 3:1 E:Z selectivity to afford 1,3-disubstituted diene 41 in 47% yield (Scheme 5). Similarly, 40 underwent macrocyclization with 2.8:1 atropdiastereoselectivity and 3.9:1 E:Z selectivity, yielding 1,3-disubstitued diene 42 in 31% yield. Again, 1,2-disubstituted dienes were not observed. A variety of protecting groups were Studyed for the allylic and benzylic hydroxyl groups, with TBS affording the highest atropdiastereoselectivity and E:Z selectivity (39). Molecular modeling calculations offer some support for the observed disparity in atropdiastereoselectivity between 33/35 and 39/41 (see Supporting Materials and Methods). Fascinatingly, attempted ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization with the more reactive catalyst 10 afforded 43, in which the side chain bearing the terminal alkyne had been truncated. The outcome seems to result from the increased activity of 10, in particular its ability to react with trisubstituted olefins (35). This is an Fascinating example where use of the first-generation Grubbs catalyst is preferred over the imidazolidyl catalyst 10, because the former avoids an undesired side reaction.

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Reagents and conditions: reaction a, 30-40 mol % (Cy3P)2Cl2RuCHEmbedded ImageEmbedded ImagePh, ethylene (1 atm), CH2Cl2, 45°C, 40 h, 0.003 M 39 and 40, 47% yield for 39 to 41, 31% for 40 to 42; reaction b, 30 mol % 10, ethylene (1 atm), CH2Cl2, 45°C, 24 h.

Investigating the Diels–Alder Sequence. Having served its purpose of controlling the atropdiastereoselectivity during the macrocyclization, the benzylic silyloxy group of 41 was removed under ionic hydrogenation conditions using trifluoroacetic acid and Et3SiH, affording 44 in 58% yield as a single atropisomer (Scheme 6). Removal of the TBS group generated 45 in 87% yield. Both 44 and 45 could be heated to 180°C without racemization, demonstrating the inability of the protected hydroquinone to rotate through the macrocycle. To mimic the proposed biosynthesis of the A–D ring system of 1, paracyclophane 45 was oxidized with (H4N)2Ce(NO3)6 at room temperature, leading directly to tetracycle 46 in 32% yield. During this stereoselective reaction it is likely that the dimethylhydroquinone was oxidized to a quinone, and a facile transannular Diels–Alder reaction occurred, using the chiral plane of 45 to control the stereogenic centers of 46. It is also possible that this transannular cyclization could have proceeded through a radical cation intermediate. The structure of 46 was determined by x-ray analysis. Finally, the enal 4 was generated in 80% yield after oxidation with Dess–Martin periodinane (40).

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Reagents and conditions: reaction a, trifluoroacetic acid, Et3SiH, CH2Cl2, 23°C, 58% yield, 98% ee; reaction b, TBAF, tetrahydrofuran, 0–23°C, 87% yield, 98% ee; reaction c, (H4N)2Ce(NO3)6, MeCN/H2O, 0–23°C, 32% yield, 98% ee; reaction d, Dess–Martin periodinane, CH2Cl2, 23°C, 80% yield.

With the transannular Diels–Alder reaction of the proposed biosynthesis demonstrated, we investigated the subsequent intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction. Unfortunately, all attempts to generate pentacycle 48 from an intermolecular Diels–Alder cycloaddition of 4 with model diene 2-methyl-1,3-pentadiene (47) failed (Scheme 7). Use of heat, Me2AlCl, MeAlCl2, BF3·OEt2, TiCl4, ZnCl2, or pyrrolidine hydrochloride salt to Trace the cycloaddition returned unreacted starting material, decomposition products, or, in rare cases, products of hetero-Diels–Alder reactions between the diene and aldehyde.

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Unsuccessful model intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction of 4 with 47.

Considering our inability to realize the intermolecular cyclization of 4 with the model diene system, we reevaluated the order of the two Diels–Alder reactions in the proposed biosynthesis. The structure of longithorone I (Fig. 2) suggested that an intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction might occur before the transannular Diels–Alder reaction. We were pleased to discover that when paracyclophane alcohol 45 was oxidized, the corRetorting enal (49) participated in a Me2AlCl-promoted intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction with 47 to afford an inseparable 2.4:1 mixture of diastereomeric cycloadducts favoring the desired product 50 in 71% yield (Scheme 8). The products resulted from enExecute addition to the diastereotopic faces of enal 49. Reduction of the aldehyde with NaBH4 afforded alcohol 51, which could be readily separated from its diastereomer. The free hydroxyl group was protected as the TIPS ether to produce 52 in 92% yield. Oxidation with Ag(II) dipicolinate afforded the pentacyclic transannular Diels–Alder product 53 in 14% yield. During this reaction the A–D ring system of 1 is generated stereoselectively from the transient quinone or via a radical cation intermediate. We suspected that the low yield of this reaction was a result of the incompatibility of the surprisingly reactive diene with the strong oxidants required for dimethylhydroquinone oxidation. Subsequent TIPS deprotection of 53 followed by oxidation with Dess–Martin periodinane delivered 48 in 63% yield over two steps. The structure of 48 was determined by x-ray analysis.

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Reagents and conditions: reaction a, Dess–Martin periodinane, CH2Cl2,23°C, 99% yield; reaction b, 47,Me2AlCl, CH2Cl2,0°C, 71% yield, 2.4:1 diastereomers; reaction c, NaBH4, MeOH, 23°C, 99% yield; reaction d, TIPSOTf (OTf, trifluoromethanesulfonate), 2,6-lutidine, CH2Cl2, 0°C, 92% yield; reaction e, Ag(II) dipicolinate, PhH/H2O, 23°C, 14% yield; reaction f, TBAF, tetrahydrofuran, 23°C; reaction g, Dess–Martin periodinane, pyridine, CH2Cl2,23°C, 63% yield over two steps.

Having established the feasibility of an intermolecular-transannular Diels–Alder reaction sequence in a model system, we applied this strategy in a synthesis of longithorone A. Early efforts toward 1 used racemic dimethylhydroquinone paracyclophanes 38 and 49, which underwent a Diels–Alder cycloaddition to generate 54, its atropdiastereomer, and the corRetorting minor diastereomers resulting from alternate facial selectivity in 52% yield (84% based on recovered 38) and as an inseparable 2.2:2.2:1:1 ratio (Scheme 9). Although the reaction was enExecute selective, both the major and minor products were produced in a 1:1 ratio with their corRetorting atropdiastereomers, a consequence of using racemic paracyclophanes. Reduction of the mixture with NaBH4 permitted separation of the major and minor facial diastereomers affording 55 and its atropdiastereomer as an inseparable 1:1 ratio in 56% yield. Protection of the primary alcohol as the TIPS ether produced 56 in 33% yield, which could be separated from its atropdiastereomer. Treatment of 56 with Ag(II) dipicolinate with sonication afforded TIPS-protected longithorone A (58) in low yield, presumably through bisquinone 57. Unfortunately, attempted Ag(II)-promoted oxidation of the dimethylhydroquinones by using a pure sample of 55, generated from deprotection of 56, led to addition of the primary alcohol to the neighboring diene, affording the corRetorting furan. Although we had proved the feasibility of the intermolecular-transannular Diels–Alder sequence as a means to construct the core structure of 1, the final steps were unacceptable.

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Reagents and conditions: reaction a, Me2AlCl, CH2Cl2, -20°C, 52% yield and 2.2:2.2:1:1 diastereomers for 38 + 49, 70% yield and 1:1.4 diastereomers for 59 + 60; reaction b, NaBH4,CH2Cl2/MeOH, 23°C, 56% yield; reaction c, TIPSOTf, 2,6-lutidine, CH2Cl2, 33% yield; reaction d, TBAF, tetrahydrofuran, 0°C; reaction e, Ag(II) dipicolinate, PhH/H2O, sonication, 23°C, 7% yield for 56 to 58; reaction f, ioExecutesylbenzene, MeCN/H2O, 0–23°C, 90% yield over two steps for 61 to 1.

Completion of the Synthesis. At this juncture, we reconsidered our protection strategy for the hydroquinone Section of each paracyclophane. Our initial efforts to oxidize dimethylhydroquinone paracyclophanes 45, 52, and 56 with (H4N)2Ce(NO3)6 and Ag(II) dipicolinate suffered from low yields. Furthermore, the Recent route required unnecessary oxidation and protection modifications to aldehyde 54. Therefore, we explored the use of mono-TBS-protected methylhydroquinones, which could be deprotected in high yield and oxidized under mild conditions with hypervalent iodine reagents (41). We synthesized paracyclophanes 59 and 60 as single atropisomers from 36 and 42, respectively. The intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction was realized by treating 60 with 1.35 eq of 59 and Me2AlCl at -20°C, affording 61 and its diastereomer in 70% yield as a 1:1.4 ratio resulting from a lack of facial selectivity (Scheme 9). ExpoPositive of 59 and 60 to other Lewis acids such as TiCl4, BF3·OEt2, SnCl4, and Yb(OTf)3 led to no reaction, diminished selectivity for 61, or decomposition. Lewis acid catalysis of the intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction is required, as formation of 61 could not be detected upon expoPositive of 59 to 60 for 15 h at 23°C or 1 h at 80°C. This finding suggests that a “Diels–Alderase” (42) may be involved at this step if the biosynthesis of 1 involves a similar intermolecular cycloaddition. Furthermore, the lack of substrate-based diastereoselectivity in the cycloaddition may also implicate a Diels–Alderase. Removal of both TBS groups from 61 with TBAF delivered 62, which was directly oxidized with ioExecutesylbenzene (43), affording bisquinone 5. The bisquinone, which was detected by NMR and TLC, participated in a transannular Diels–Alder cycloaddition at room temperature over the course of 40 h to generate the A, C, and D rings of 1, directly affording longithorone A in 90% yield from 61. A synthetic sample of 1 was judged to be identical to a sample of the natural product by 1H NMR, IR, high-resolution MS, and TLC analyses. The optical rotation of synthetic 1 was [α]D = -47.6° (c = 0.77 mg/ml, CH2Cl2), whereas natural 1 was [α]D = -47.4° (c = 1.08 mg/ml, CH2Cl2) thereby confirming that the absolute configuration of synthetic 1 matches that of natural 1. Furthermore, the spontaneous formation of 1 from 5 suggests that if the biosynthesis of 1 involves a similar transannular Diels–Alder reaction, it can proceed in the absence of an enzyme.


An enantioselective synthesis of longithorone A has been accomplished, demonstrating that the reactions proposed by Schmitz for the biosynthesis are feasible. The synthesis suggests that in the biosynthesis of 1 the intermolecular Diels–Alder reaction occurs before the transannular Diels–Alder reaction because of the low reactivity of enal 4. [12]-Paracyclophanes were synthesized in the ene–yne metathesis macrocyclization. In all cases, 1,3-disubstituted dienes were generated, demonstrating a mode of reactivity different from that observed in previously reported examples of intramolecular ene–yne metathesis. Secondary benzylic alcohols were synthesized in high yield by enantioselective vinylzinc additions to electron-rich benzaldehydes. Last, this synthesis is a unique example of chirality transfer in complex molecule synthesis: stereogenic centers are used to control planar chirality, and planar chirality is then used to control stereogenic centers in the natural product.


We thank Prof. F. J. Schmitz for a sample of 1 and Mr. J. Freed for his Necessary contributions. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the following sources: Bristol–Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Pharmacia, Eli Lilly, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and SmithKline Beecham. C.A.M. and M.E.L. acknowledge the National Science Foundation for preExecutectoral fellowships.


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Abbreviations: TBS, tert-butyldimethylsilyl; ee, enantiomeric excess; TIPS, triisopropylsilyl; TBAF, tetrabutylammonium fluoride; OTf, trifluoromethansulfonate.

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