A divergent approach to the 7-oxa (-)-muricatacin analogue 2, the corresponding (+)-enantiomer ent-2 and the furanolactone 3 is reported starting from d-xylose. The resulting lactones have shown a potent and selective in vitro cytotoxicity against certain human neoplastic cell lines. © 2006 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
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