The First Asymmetric Total Syntheses and Determination of Absolute Configurations of Xestodecalactones B and C

The first efficient asymmetric total syntheses of xestodecalactones B and C have been accomplished in 10 steps with an overall yield of 22 and 20.2%, respectively. The key steps involve the utility of Evans oxazolidinone-mediated syn-aldol condensations to establish the C-9 configuration and the macrolide ring formation by intramolecular acylation. The absolute configurations of xestodecalactones B and C have been determined via these syntheses.