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Pyridine sulfinates as general nucleophilic coupling partners in palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions with aryl halides

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Abstract

Pyridine rings are ubiquitous in drug molecules; however, the pre-eminent reaction used to form carbon–carbon bonds in the pharmaceutical industry, the Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reaction, often fails when applied to these structures. This phenomenon is most pronounced in 2-substituted pyridines, and results from the difficulty in preparing, the poor stability of, and low efficiency in reactions of pyridine-2-boronates. We demonstrate that by replacing these boronates with pyridine-2-sulfinates, a cross-coupling process of unrivalled scope and utility is realized. The corresponding 3- and 4-substituted pyridine variants are also efficient coupling partners. In addition, we apply these sulfinates in a library format to the preparation of medicinally relevant derivatives of the drugs varenicline (Chantix) and mepyramine (Anthisan).

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The article was received on 13 Feb 2017, accepted on 11 Apr 2017 and first published on 28 Apr 2017


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7SC00675F
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017,8, 4437-4442
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    Pyridine sulfinates as general nucleophilic coupling partners in palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions with aryl halides

    T. Markovic, B. N. Rocke, D. C. Blakemore, V. Mascitti and M. C. Willis, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 4437
    DOI: 10.1039/C7SC00675F

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