Solid-phase synthesis and chemical space analysis of a 190-membered alkaloid/terpenoid-like library
Alkaloid and terpenoid natural products display an extensive array of chemical frameworks and biological activities. However such scaffolds remain underrepresented in current screening collections and are, thus, attractive targets for the synthesis of natural product-based libraries that access underexploited regions of chemical space. Recently, we reported a systematic approach to the stereoselective synthesis of multiple alkaloid/terpenoid-like scaffolds using transition metal-mediated cycloaddition and cyclization reactions of enyne and diyne substrates assembled on a tert-butylsulfinamide lynchpin. We report herein the synthesis of a 190-membered library of alkaloid/terpenoid-like molecules using this synthetic approach. Translation to solid-phase synthesis was facilitated by the use of a tert-butyldiarylsilyl (TBDAS) linker that closely mimics the tert-butyldiphenysilyl protecting group used in the original solution-phase route development work. Unexpected differences in stereoselectivity and regioselectivity were observed in some reactions when carried out on solid support. Further, the sulfinamide moiety could be hydrolyzed or oxidized efficiently without compromising the TBDAS linker to provide additional amine and sulfonamide functionalities. Principal component analysis of the structural and physicochemical properties of these molecules confirmed that they access regions of chemical space that overlap with bona fide natural products and are distinct from areas addressed by conventional synthetic drugs and drug-like molecules. The influences of scaffolds and substituents were also evaluated, with both found to have significant impacts on location in chemical space and three-dimensional shape. Broad biological evaluation of this library will provide valuable insights into the abilities of natural product-based libraries to access similarly underexploited regions of biological space.