A novel approach towards the construction of the morphine skeleton was demonstrated by a total synthesis of (±)-desoxycodeine-D (11) from 5,6,7,8- tetrahydroisoquinoline and isovanillin. The key steps are two consecutive Pd- catalyzed cyclizations and a Stevens rearrangement for the formation of ring B. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-918
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 5 2000


  • Alkaloids
  • Analgesics
  • Palladium
  • Palladium compounds
  • Rearrangements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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