Synthesis of chiloglottones - semiochemicals from sexually deceptive orchids and their pollinators
A five-step synthesis of monoalkyl- and 2,5-dialkyl-1,3-cyclohexanediones (1) is described via a sequence involving sequential Birch reductions and alkylations from the readily accessible and inexpensive starting material, 3,5-dimethoxybenzoic acid. Two approaches were considered in which alkylation at C-2 occurs either prior or subsequent to the proposed reduction. The successful route, in which Birch reduction of a 3-alkyl resorcinol derivative (3) precedes alkylation was applied in the...[Show more]
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