The enantioselective total synthesis of the potent HMGCoA reductase inhibitors FR901512 (1) and FR901516 (2) is reviewed. FR901512 was prepared in 15 steps from commercially available compound via 2 in 16.3% overall yield (89% average yield). This study validated the applicability and reliability of the catalytic asymmetric Nozaki-Hiyama reactions that were developed by us. These reactions enabled the concise, efficient, and protecting-group-free enantioselective total syntheses of these new statins.
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- Organic Chemistry