Synthesis and biological evaluation of (±)-hippolachnin and analogs


Due its unique structure and its reported potent antifungal activity, the marine polyketide hippolachnin A (1) has attracted much attention in the synthetic community. Herein, we describe the development of a concise, diversifiable and scalable synthesis of the racemic natural product, which serves as a platform for the generation of bioactive analogues. Biological testing of our synthetic material did not confirm the reported antifungal activity of hippolachnin A but unraveled moderate activity against nematodes and microbes.

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We would like to thank Dr. Peter Mayer for X-ray structure analysis. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB 749 and CIPSM) for generous funding.

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Winter, N., Rupcic, Z., Stadler, M. et al. Synthesis and biological evaluation of (±)-hippolachnin and analogs. J Antibiot 72, 375–383 (2019).

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