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Synthesis of Bradyrhizose from d‑Glucose

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journal contribution
posted on 26.12.2019 by Philemon Ngoje, David Crich
We describe the synthesis of the unusual bicyclic sugar bradyrhizose in 14 steps and a 6% overall yield from d-glucose. The synthesis involves the elaboration of a trans-fused carbocyclic ring onto the preexisting glucopyranose framework followed by adjustment of the oxidation levels. Key steps include radical extension of the glucopyranose side chain, ring closing metathesis, allylic oxidation, Luche reduction, hydroxy-directed epoxidation, and acid-catalyzed epoxide opening at the more substituted position.