I'm officially declaring it: Every 6-7 months, we should expect another huge molecule to fall to Phil & Co:
May 2011: Cortistatin
November 2011: Taxane Cores
May 2012: Ten Meroterpenoids.
December 2012: Ouabagenin
July 2013: Seen the latest* over at ScienceExpress? I think this scheme sums the whole thing up quite nicely:
|And that's why it's in Science, kids...|
Source: Baran Group | ScienceExpress
Total synthesis accesses trace plant metabolite!
Investment in basic research reaps huge Pharma dividends!
Imitating nature makes stitching together complex terpenes look easy!
This paper really does have something for everyone. A volatile intermediate gumming up the works. A surprise crystallization. X-Ray structures. Some allenic Pauson-Khand reactions. A low-temp vinylogous pinacol rearrangement. Even some C-H activation / oxidation tossed in at the end.
If you want some more ingenol goodies, head on over to Chemistry World's fantastic write-up.
And, of course, join me on PhilWatch somewhere around January 2014...
*Thanks again to Brandon for a copy.