Expanding the pleuromutilin class of antibiotics by de novo chemical synthesis

Stephen D. Lotesta, Junjia Liu, Emma V. Yates, Inna Krieger, James C. Sacchettini, Joel S. Freundlich, Erik J. Sorensen

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New pleuromutilin-like compounds were synthesized in approximately 11 steps from 3-allylcyclopent-2-enone by a strategy featuring sequential carbonyl addition reactions. Several analogs possessing the C14 tiamulin ester side chain displayed activity in a Mycobacterium tuberculosis mc27000 assay. The results described herein provide a basis for further efforts to expand the structural and stereochemical diversity of the pleuromutilin class of bacterial protein synthesis inhibitors through advances in chemical synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1258-1261
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Science
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry


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