This digest overviews successful synthetic approaches to natural dimeric 1,4-naphthoquinones. Several natural dimeric 1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives have been isolated from natural sources including plants, bacteria, and fungi. They have diverse structures and attractive biological activities. However, it is difficult to construct the dimeric scaffolds efficiently and selectively, because 1,4-naphthoquinones and their derivatives are highly reactive. Efficient and attractive synthetic methodologies to construct unique dimeric 1,4-naphthoquinone skeletons are reviewed.
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