The dolastatins; 18: Stereospecific synthesis of dolaproine

George Pettit, Douglas D. Burkett, József Barkóczy, Gary L. Breneman, William E. Pettit

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Dolastatin 10 (1), isolated from the sea hare Dolabella auricularia, has proved to be an exceptionally promising antineoplastic substance. Synthesis of this new and important peptide has been achieved. However, a more convenient and stereoselective synthesis of its three chiral center dolaproine (2a) unit has become necessary. A practical solution to this challenging problem was realized by employment of the following key reaction steps. Chiral oxazolidinone 5 was condensed at -75°C with S-prolinal 4 using dibutylboron triflate to direct the stereochemical course of the aldol reaction. Methylation of the product (6, 60-80% yields) and cleavage of the amide, in 83 and 93% yields respectively, completed a facile route to N-Boc-dolaproine (2b). Pertinent aspects of the aldol reaction and cleavage of oxazolidinone amides are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-725
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996


  • antineoplastic peptide
  • chiral oxazolidinone
  • dolastatin 10
  • stereospecific aldol reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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