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Synthesis of optically active 4-substituted 2-cyclohexenones.


PMID 22900684

Abstract

Recently, Nicolaou and Baran independently synthesized optically active 4-substituted 2-cyclohexenones via an efficient LiOH-mediated intramolecular aldol condensation. Thus far, application of their cyclization approach has been limited to ketoaldehydes where the R-group is branched. It is demonstrated that the LiOH-mediated cyclization, when applied to substrates containing unbranched R-groups, results in significant erosion of optical purity. A mechanistic justification is provided, and a set of neutral, organocatalyzed conditions is identified that enables cyclization with little loss in optical purity.

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