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Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)

Ruthenium-catalyzed reductive coupling of 1,3-enynes and aldehydes by transfer hydrogenation: anti-diastereoselective carbonyl propargylation.


PMID 23147989

Abstract

Under the conditions of ruthenium-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation employing isopropanol as a source of hydrogen, isopropoxy-substituted enyne 1 b and aldehydes 3 a-3 l engage in reductive coupling to provide products of propargylation 4 a-4 l with good to complete levels of anti-diastereoselectivity. The unprotected tertiary hydroxy moiety of isopropoxy enyne 1 b is required to enforce diastereoselectivity. Deuterium-labeling studies corroborate reversible enyne hydrometalation in advance of carbonyl addition. As demonstrated in the conversion of 4 f-h and 4 k to 5 f-h and 5 k, the isopropoxy group of the product is readily cleaved upon exposure to aqueous sodium hydroxide to reveal the terminal alkyne.

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