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Stereocontrol in a one-pot procedure for anionic oxy-Cope rearrangement followed by intramolecular aldol reaction

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Abstract

Racemic β-hydroxycyclohexanones with up to three chiral centres have been synthesized in a stereocontrolled way using the novel anionic oxy-Cope (AOC) rearrangement of acyclic enol ethers. The first examples of compounds containing an aldehyde and an enol ether in a 1,5 relationship are reported. Stereocontrol in the cyclisation of these compounds by a 6-(enolendo)-exo-trig intramolecular aldol reaction has been studied: there is high stereoselectivity for an axial hydroxy group in the product β-hydroxycyclohexanones. AM1 calculations show that there is a stabilising electrostatic attraction between the oxygen atom of the axial C-3 hydroxy group and the electron-poor carbon at C-1 in the intermediate oxonium ions. ≥87% of AOC rearrangement occurs via a chair-like transition state giving rise to the 5,6-anti stereochemistry of the β-hydroxycyclohexanones. Trapping the enolate product of AOC rearrangement with oxygen gives fragmentation via a 1,2-dioxetane.

Graphical abstract: Stereocontrol in a one-pot procedure for anionic oxy-Cope rearrangement followed by intramolecular aldol reaction

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The article was received on 19 Dec 2000, accepted on 23 Mar 2001 and first published on 18 Apr 2001


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B010138I
Citation: J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 2001, 1051-1061
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    Stereocontrol in a one-pot procedure for anionic oxy-Cope rearrangement followed by intramolecular aldol reaction

    A. P. Rutherford, C. S. Gibb, R. C. Hartley and J. M. Goodman, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1, 2001, 1051
    DOI: 10.1039/B010138I

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