A pathway is proposed for the biosynthesis of the unique homodimeric terpene, halichonadin H. The proposed biosynthetic pathway involves two key Passerini reactions of eudesmane-type terpene isocyanides. The Passerini reaction of a model terpene isocyanide and formaldehyde afforded an α-hydroxy acetamide, which was further subjected to oxidation and a second Passerini reaction. This reaction sequence furnished an α-hydroxy malonamide connected with two identical terpene units which is the identical structural motif found in halichonadin H.
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- Organic Chemistry