The development of asymmetric synthesis during the past two decades aided organic chemists considerably in the synthesis of complex natural products. Organoborane chemistry continues to play an important role in asymmetric synthesis. One of the important reactions that has become very common in the arsenal of synthetic chemists is allylboration and related reactions. Another important reaction that has recently attained enormous importance in organic chemistry is the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) reaction. Indeed, a combination of allylboration and RCM reactions provides an excellent route to cyclic ethers, lactones, lactams, etc. Herein, we describe a sequential asymmetric allylboration and RCM reaction protocol that has been utilized for the synthesis of several α-pyrone-containing natural products, particularly biologically active molecules.
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Financial support from the Herbert C. Brown Center for Borane Research  and Aldrich Chemical Company is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks are also due to the dedicated members of the Center.