Ruthenium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Carbon−Carbon Bond Forming Reaction via Allenylidene-Ene Process: Synthetic Approach to Chiral Heterocycles Such As Chromane, Thiochromane, and 1,2,3,4-Tetrahydroquinoline Derivatives

Institute of Engineering Innovation, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan.
Journal of the American Chemical Society (Impact Factor: 12.11). 08/2008; 130(32):10498-9. DOI: 10.1021/ja8038745
Source: PubMed


Our previously disclosed ruthenium-catalyzed carbon-carbon bond forming reactions between propargylic alcohols and alkenes via an allenylidene-ene type pathway have been successfully applied to an enantioselective intramolecular cyclization for a variety of chiral heterocycles such as chromane, thiochromane, and 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinoline derivatives (up to 99% ee) by use of a suitable optically active diruthenium complex as a catalyst. The methodology described in this paper becomes a novel synthetic approach to chiral heterocycles, the structures of which are widely found in many natural and biologically active compounds.

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