Synthesis of Two Natural Furan-Cyclized Diarylheptanoids via 2-Furaldehyde

Secinti H., SEÇEN H.

HELVETICA CHIMICA ACTA, vol.98, no.7, pp.938-944, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 98 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/hlca.201400274
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Index Chemicus (IC), Current Chemical Reactions (CCR)
  • Page Numbers: pp.938-944
  • Keywords: "Furan-cyclized' diarylheptanoids, Alkylation, Acylation, DERIVATIVES, INHIBITORS, ALDEHYDES, EFFICIENT, ACIDS
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: No


Two natural diarylheptanoids, 2-benzyl-5-(2-phenylethyl)furan (1) and 2-methoxy-4-{[5-(2-phenylethyl)furan-2-yl]methyl}phenol (2), were synthesized starting from 2-furaldehyde. A Wittig reaction of 2-furaldehyde with benzyltriphenylphosphonium bromide followed by reduction of the alkene CC bond with Mg gave 2-(2-phenylethyl)furan (5). Lithiation of 5 with BuLi at -78 degrees followed by alkylation with benzyl bromide gave natural product 1. In another approach, FriedelCrafts acylation of compound 5 with benzoyl chloride followed by deoxygenation of the CO group afforded 1. The natural product 2 was also synthesized by acylation of 5 with 4-acetoxy-3-methoxybenzoyl chloride (16) followed by deoxygenation and deacetylation.