A concise synthesis of a β-lactamase inhibitor.
ABSTRACT MK-7655 (1) is a β-lactamase inhibitor in clinical trials as a combination therapy for the treatment of bacterial infection resistant to β-lactam antibiotics. Its unusual structural challenges have inspired a rapid synthesis featuring an iridium-catalyzed N-H insertion and a series of late stage transformations designed around the reactivity of the labile bicyclo[3.2.1]urea at the core of the target.
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