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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: 10.68). 08/2008; 130(32):10498-9. DOI: 10.1021/ja8038745
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT 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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