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C-H Activation Enables a Concise Total Synthesis of Quinine and Analogues with Enhanced Antimalarial Activity.


ABSTRACT: We report a novel approach to the classical natural product quinine that is based on two stereoselective key steps, namely a C-H activation and an aldol reaction, to unite the two heterocyclic moieties of the target molecule. This straightforward and flexible strategy enables a concise synthesis of natural (-)-quinine, the first synthesis of unnatural (+)-quinine, and also provides access to unprecedented C3-aryl analogues, which were prepared in only six steps. We additionally demonstrate that these structural analogues exhibit improved antimalarial activity compared with (-)-quinine both in?vitro and in mice infected with Plasmodium berghei.

SUBMITTER: O' Donovan DH 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6146912 | BioStudies | 2018-01-01T00:00:00Z

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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