A short and efficient synthesis of (+)-totarol

Victor Rogachev, Thorsten Löhl, Thomas Markert, Peter Metz

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A concise route to multigram quantities of the antibacterial diterpene (+)-totarol (1) is reported. (-)-Sclareol (2) was converted to the target compound 1 using either a six- or a seven-step sequence, while only three steps were required to access (+)-totarol ( 1) starting from (+)-manool (9) or (+)-13-epi-manool (10), respectively. A novel one-pot intramolecular aldol condensation/α-alkylation protocol served as the key operation for streamlining the syntheses of 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-180
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibacterials
  • Diterpenes
  • Manool
  • Natural products
  • Sclareol
  • Semisynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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