Total synthesis of decahydroquinoline poison frog alkaloids ent-cis-195a and cis-211a

Takuya Okada, Naizhen Wu, Katsuki Takashima, Jungoh Ishimura, Hiroyuki Morita, Takuya Ito, Takeshi Kodama, Yuhei Yamasaki, Shin Ichi Akanuma, Yoshiyuki Kubo, Ken Ichi Hosoya, Hiroshi Tsuneki, Tsutomu Wada, Toshiyasu Sasaoka, Takahiro Shimizu, Hideki Sakai, Linda P. Dwoskin, Syed R. Hussaini, Ralph A. Saporito, Naoki Toyooka

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The total synthesis of two decahydroquinoline poison frog alkaloids ent-cis-195A and cis-211A were achieved in 16 steps (38% overall yield) and 19 steps (31% overall yield), respectively, starting from known compound 1. Both alkaloids were synthesized from the common key intermediate 11 in a divergent fashion, and the absolute stereochemistry of natural cis-211A was determined to be 2R, 4aR, 5R, 6S, and 8aS. Interestingly, the absolute configuration of the parent decahydroquinoline nuclei of cis-211A was the mirror image of that of cis-195A, although both alkaloids were isolated from the same poison frog species, Oophaga (Dendrobates) pumilio, from Panama.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7529
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021

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  • Cis-195A
  • Cis-211A
  • Decahydroquinoline
  • Poison frog alkaloid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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