Conversion of 14-dehydrobufalin (2a) to bufotalien (4a) was accomplished. Peracid Oxidation of 3β-acetoxy-14-dehydrobufalin (2b) was employed to obtain 14α,15α-epoxide 5b. Sulfuric acid catalyzed opening of epoxide 5b was used to complete a route to 15α-hydroxybufaiin (6b). Treatment of diol 6b with methanesulfonyl chloride led to a new synthesis of 3β-acetoxyresibufogenin (3b). Conversion of 14-dehydrobufalin to the halo-hydrins represented by structures 6d-g followed by treatment with basic alumina or hot pyridine afforded resibufogenin in good yield. The epoxide formation catalyzed by alumina was also shown to yield 14α-artebufogenin (8b).
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