Semi-synthesis of a novel hybrid isoxazolidino withaferin via chemoselective and diastereoselective 1,3-dipolar nitrone cycloaddition reaction

A facile, atom-economic synthesis of isoxazilidino withaferin, a novel hybrid of withaferin A, has been accomplished via two-step reaction of nitrone synthesis followed by nitrone 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition. The reaction is highly chemoselective (preferential reaction only on one of the two double bonds present on withaferin A) and diastereoselective affording exclusively the cis-fused products. The structure was determined by detailed analysis of 1D, 2D NMR and mass spectral data.