Synthetic Efforts toward the Spiroketal Core of Spirangien A

Synthetic studies toward the spiroketal core of spirangien A are described. Two synthetic approaches were developed. Both of them use a diastereoselective aldol addition of a lithium enolate derived from a methyl ketone on an aldehyde. In the first approach, the introduction of the (<i>E</i>)-trisubstituted terminal olefin was achieved by using an iron-catalyzed cross-coupling between an alkyl iodide and a vinyl Grignard reagent and a randomly protected spiroketal was obtained. In the second approach, a highly functionalized spiroketal carbamate, which includes 13 stereogenic centers, was successfully isolated.