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Toxins 2014, 6(1), 325-336; doi:10.3390/toxins6010325

Stereoselective Luche Reduction of Deoxynivalenol and Three of Its Acetylated Derivatives at C8

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Received: 6 November 2013 / Revised: 29 December 2013 / Accepted: 31 December 2013 / Published: 10 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances and Perspectives in Deoxynivalenol Research)
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The trichothecene mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is a well known and common contaminant in food and feed. Acetylated derivatives and other biosynthetic precursors can occur together with the main toxin. A key biosynthetic step towards DON involves an oxidation of the 8-OH group of 7,8-dihydroxycalonectrin. Since analytical standards for the intermediates are not available and these intermediates are therefore rarely studied, we aimed for a synthetic method to invert this reaction, making a series of calonectrin-derived precursors accessible. We did this by developing an efficient protocol for stereoselective Luche reduction at C8. This method was used to access 3,7,8,15-tetrahydroxyscirpene, 3-deacetyl-7,8-dihydroxycalonectrin, 15-deacetyl-7,8-dihydroxycalonectrin and 7,8-dihydroxycalonectrin, which were characterized using several NMR techniques. Beside the development of a method which could basically be used for all type B trichothecenes, we opened a synthetic route towards different acetylated calonectrins.
Keywords: dihydroxycalonectrins; trichothecenes; DON; Luche reduction; scirpene dihydroxycalonectrins; trichothecenes; DON; Luche reduction; scirpene
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Fruhmann, P.; Hametner, C.; Mikula, H.; Adam, G.; Krska, R.; Fröhlich, J. Stereoselective Luche Reduction of Deoxynivalenol and Three of Its Acetylated Derivatives at C8. Toxins 2014, 6, 325-336.

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