Chemoselective Switch in the Asymmetric Organocatalysis of 5 H -Oxazol-4-ones and N -Itaconimides: Addition-Protonation or [4+2] Cycloaddition

Bo Zhu, Richmond Lee, Jiangtao Li, Xinyi Ye, San-Ni Hong, Shuai Qiu, Michelle L. Coote, Zhiyong Jiang

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Abstract

© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. We report a synthetic strategy for a chemoselective switch and a diastereo-divergent approach for the asymmetric reaction of 5H-oxazol-4-ones and N-itaconimides catalyzed by L-tert-leucine-derived tertiary amine-urea compounds. The reaction was modulated to harness either tandem conjugate addition-protonation or [4+2] cycloaddition as major product with excellent enantio- and diastereoselectivities. Subjecting the enantio-enriched cycloaddition products to a basic silica gel reagent yields the diastereomer vis-à-vis the product directly obtained under conditions for addition-protonation, thus opening a diastereo-divergent route for creating 1,3-tertiary-hetero-quaternary stereocenters. Quantum chemical studies further provide stereochemical analysis for the [4+2] process and a plausible mechanism for this chemoselective switch is proposed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1303
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 9 2015
Externally publishedYes

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