Terreinlactone A (1a/1b), a pair of 3-substituted δ-lactone enantiomers, and terreinlactone B (2), a new biosynthetic intermediate of 1a/1b, were isolated from Aspergillus terreus, along with their biosynthetic precursor (+)-terrein (3) and (+)-isoterrein (4). Compounds 1a and 1b were separated by using a Daicel chiral-pak ASH column eluting with n-hexane-EtOH (80 : 20). The structures of 1a/1b with absolute configurations were determined by comprehensive spectroscopic analyses and electronic circular dichroic (ECD) calculations. Terreinlactone A (1) represents the ﬁrst example of 1,5-seco-terrein and a biogenetic pathway is proposed from the precursor terrein via the intermediated terreinlactone B (2).
Aspergillus terreus; electronic circular dichroic (ECD) calculation; enantiomer; terrein; δ-lactone