The synthesis of a cyclohexane skeleton possessing different oxygenated functional groups at C-3, C-8 and C-9, and a δ1,6-double bond has been accomplished in 10 steps with an overall 17% yield. This compound is a key intermediate for access to a wide range of compounds of the bioactive trisporoid family. The synthetic sequence consists of the preparation of a properly functionalized epoxygeraniol derivative, and its subsequent stereoselective cyclization mediated by Ti(III). This last step implies a domino process that starts with a homolytic epoxide opening followed by a radical cyclization and regioselective elimination. This concerted process gives access to the cyclohexane moiety with stereochemical control of five of its six carbon atoms. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
González-Delgado, J. A., Escobar, G., Arteaga, J. F., & Barrero, A. F. (2014). Easy Access to a Cyclic Key Intermediate for the Synthesis of Trisporic Acids and Related Compounds. Molecules, 19(2), 1748–1762. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules19021748