Conformational Preferences of Zampanolide and Dactylolide

The solution conformation behavior of the macrolide core of microtubule-stabilizing agents (−)-zampanolide and (−)-dactylolide has been determined through a combination of high-field NMR experiments and computational modeling. Taken together, the results demonstrate that in solution both molecules exist as a mixture of three interconverting conformational families, one of which bears strong resemblance to zampanolide’s tubulin-bound conformation.