Orthochloranil-mediated oxidation of galloyl monoethers furnishes the derived orthoquinones in excellent yield. These reactive electrophiles participate in a variety of nucleophilic addition reactions with heteroatomic and carbanionic partners. In addition, Lewis acid-mediated dimerization of the orthoquinones provides an efficient route to dehydrodigalloyl-type diaryl ether units characteristic of several ellagitannin natural products. The implications for ellagitannin biosynthesis and gallotannin-protein covalent attachment are discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry