Unequivocal structure confirmation of a breitfussin analog by anisotropic NMR measurements
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Original versionChemical Science. 2020, 11, 12081-12088. 10.1039/d0sc03664a
Structural features of proton-deficient heteroaromatic natural products, such as the breitfussins, can severely complicate their characterization by NMR spectroscopy. For the breitfussins in particular, the constitution of the five-membered oxazole central ring cannot be unequivocally established via conventional NMR methods when the 4′-position is halogenated. The level of difficulty is exacerbated by 4′-iodination, as the accuracy with which theoretical NMR parameters are determined relies extensively on computational treatment of the relativistic effects of the iodine atom. It is demonstrated in the present study, that the structure of a 4′-iodo breitfussin analog can be unequivocally established by anisotropic NMR methods, by adopting a reduced singular value decomposition (SVD) protocol that leverages the planar structures exhibited by its conformers.