Stereoselective Synthesis of the Tetrahydropyran Core of Polycarvernoside A

A concise and stereoselective synthesis of the tetrasubstituted tetrahydropyran core of polycavernoside A was achieved in 55% overall yield from 3-benzyloxypropanal. A stereoselective allyl transfer reaction was used in the synthesis of enol ether 18 followed by a TFA-mediated cyclization to create the three new asymmetric centers in the tetrahydropyran with complete stereocontrol in a single-pot process.