For the alkaloid lovers out there, here are a couple of new structures that made me say aloud, “Cool!”
Shi-Shan Yi and co-workers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College (Beijing) just reported (Organic Letters) the isolation and structure determination of several new alkaloids from Lycopodium japonicum including the two compounds lycojaponicumin B and C shown above. (I’ve drawn them a bit differently; I can’t resist tinkering.)
Natural products that feature an isoxazolidine ring? Nice. There may be others… I haven’t checked. Anyone?
How long will it take for someone to fire up the total synthesis machinery to make these? And how long will it take for someone to say, “Hey, let’s employ an intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of a nitrone!” I’ll save everyone the trouble of disconnecting these alkaloids into the two obvious nitrone precursors by showing them here:
It’s possible that nature has already accomplished the first route. The authors propose that lycojaponicumins B and C are produced biosynthetically from fawcettimine as shown below.
Let the synthesizing begin!
By the way… The Heterocyclist is relocating from Chicago to Raleigh this month, so things might be a bit quiet around here.