A protocol for the highly enantioselective synthesis of 9-substituted tetrahydroxanthenones by means of asymmetric Brønsted acid catalysis has been developed. A chiral binolbased N-triflyphosphoramide was found to promote the in situ generation of ortho-quinone methides and their subsequent reaction with 1,3-cyclohexanedione to provide the desired products with excellent enantioselectivities. In addition, a highly enantio- and diastereoselective Brønsted acid catalyzed desymmetrization of 5-monosubstituted 1,3-dicarbonyl substrates with ortho-quinone methides gives rise to valuable tetrahydroxanthenes containing two distant stereocenters.
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