The construction of strictly the (S)-hexahydroxydiphenyl (HHDP) unit via biomimetic cyclization of suitably protected glucose-derived digalloyl esters has been achieved in good yield. Studies on substrates of increasing complexity utilizing a range of oxidants (Pb(OAc)4, VOF3, Tl2O3) have helped define the scope and limitations of this approach to ellagitannin synthesis. Computer modeling of key cyclization precursors helped elucidate the molecular-level structural details which undergird the Haslam/Schmidt biosynthesis model for this class of naturally occurring secondary plant metabolites.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry