The JK ring fragment (7) of 42,43,44,45,46,47,55-heptanor-41-oxoyessotoxin was synthesized via enyne metathesis and 6-exo cyclization of a hydroxy epoxide. Conversion of 7 into the JK ring fragment (6) of yessotoxin was achieved in a single step by treatment with an alkenyllithium.
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