Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Quasimarin, along with the closely related compound bruceantin, has exhibited potent antineoplastic activity. As a result of this activity, both compounds have become the object of considerable synthetic interest. Their complex pentacyclic structures and high degree of oxygenation makes them a formidable synthetic challenge;A program was undertaken to develop a route to the ring system of quasimarin. An aromatic pentacyclic system was successfully produced in ten steps which includes functionality appropriate for further elaboration to quasimarin;An improved route to the carbocyclic system of quasimarin was developed based on the Diels-Alder cyclization of substituted benzylidine and alkylidine isopropylidine malonates. The scope of this cyclization was shown, and an intermediate was made that should prove useful for the total synthesis of quasimarin.
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Michael Edward Krolski
Krolski, Michael Edward, "Synthetic approaches to quasimarin " (1984). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8182.