A total synthesis of denbinobin (1) in seven steps with an overall yield of 10% is reported. This synthesis used an FeCl3-assisted cyclization of stilbene to form a phenanthrene. The poor yields of the decarboxylation and methoxylation steps were improved upon to become essentially quantitative. This scalable methodology was carried out using ordinary laboratory reagents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1170-1173
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 22 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Organic Chemistry


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