A simple o-chloranil-mediated oxidative dimerization of methyl gallate in anhydrous ether furnishes a dimethyl dehydrohexahydroxydiphenoate (DHHDP) product as a pale yellow precipitate in good yield. This methyl gallate dehydrodimer rapidly rearranges in acetone to give a mixture of two additional DHHDP regioisomers. One of these species corresponds to the isomer of the dehydro-hexahydroxydiphenoyl group commonly observed in dehydroellagitannin natural products. Sodium dithionite-mediated reduction of the initially formed dimethyl dehydrohexahydroxydiphenoate and/ or its derived regioisomers efficiently furnishes dimethyl hexahydroxydiphenoate (HHDP). Addition of N-(carbobenzyloxy)-L-cysteine benzyl ester to dimethyl dehydrohexahydroxydiphenoate(s) in THF solution produces two diastereomeric 3-S-cysteinyl derivatives of dimethyl hexahydroxydiphenoate.
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- Organic Chemistry