A concise, biomimetic total synthesis of (+)-davanone.Org Lett. 2009 May 21; 11(10):2217-8.OL
A concise, biomimetic synthesis of the antifungal and antispasmodic natural product (+)-davanone is described. The key stereoselective reactions are a Sharpless asymmetric epoxidation, a thiazolium-catalyzed esterification, and a palladium-mediated cyclization. All carbons are derived from isoprene units and no protecting groups are used, permitting an atom- and redox-economical synthesis.