Retrosynthetic analysis of Epothilone A according to Nicolaou
Few times after, Nicolaou suggests a total synthesis of the epothilone A. The macrocycle is obtained thanks to two strategies :
- a macrolactonization including a Wittig olefination
- an olefin metathesis including a stage of aldolization and a stage of macrolactonization
We will only develop here the olefin metathesis strategy.