Stereostructure of the archaebacterial C40 diol

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Science  30 Aug 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4716, pp. 862-864
DOI: 10.1126/science.3927485


The stereostructure of the archaebacterial C40 diol has been established as (3R,7R,11R,15S,18S,22R,26R,30R)-3,7,11,15,18,22,26,30- octamethyldotriacontane-1,32-diol by stereorational total synthesis. This provides the final evidence necessary to establish the structure of an archaebacterial membrane substance that is a 72-membered-ring tetraether with 18 stereocenters.