Total Synthesis and Structural Revision of Sekothrixide

The first total synthesis of 14-membered macrolide sekothrixide and the originally proposed structure are reported. Seven contiguous asymmetric centers in the side chain were constructed using ring-openings of several kinds of epoxide. Assembly of the left segment and right segment was performed on the basis of the RCM reaction to generate 14-membered lactones having an E-trisubstituted olefin. These synthetic results led to a revision of C4, C6, and C8 stereochemistry in the structure of natural sekothrixide.