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The Journal of organic chemistry

Palladium-catalyzed oxidative cyclizations: synthesis of dihydropyranones and furanones.


PMID 16209595

Abstract

A boron-mediated syn- and anti-stereoselective aldol reaction giving rise to various beta-hydroxyenones was coupled to a Pd((II))-mediated oxidative cyclization to give 2,3,6-trisubstituted syn- and anti-dihydropyranones in good yields. The Pd((II))-mediated oxidative cyclization was expanded to alpha-hydroxyenones leading to furan-3(2H)-one derivatives, which include natural product bullatenone and a known precursor of geiparvarin. The sole product of the oxidative cyclization of alpha,beta-dihydroxyenone was a five-membered furan-3(2H)-one derivative, suggesting that the ring closure of these diols is both chemo- and regioselective.