Base catalysed N-functionalisation of boroxazolidones†
A method for the condensation of boroxazolidones derived from L-valine with aromatic aldehydes, catalysed by 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene was developed. The preparation and isolation of a series of highly functionalised stable ketimines derived from the reaction of 2,2-diaryl-1,3,2-oxazaborolidin-5-ones with aryl aldehydes is herein described. Several unreported boroxazolidones were prepared by condensation of triethylammonium tetra-arylborates with L-valine in up to 98% yield. The newly synthesised compounds were determined to be moderately cytotoxic against colorectal adenocarcinoma cells, with the best compound in this series having an IC50 of 76 μM. A brief inspection of the effect of the same compound against human brain astrocytoma cells showed an IC50 of 268 μM.