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Pnictogen-bonding catalysis: brevetoxin-type polyether cyclizations

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Abstract

Pnictogen-bond donors are attractive for use in catalysis because of deep σ holes, high multivalency, rich hypervalency, and chiral binding pockets. We here report natural product inspired epoxide-opening polyether cyclizations catalyzed by fluoroarylated Sb(V) > Sb(III) > Bi > Sn > Ge. The distinctive characteristic found for pnictogen-bonding catalysis is the breaking of the Baldwin rules, that is selective endo cyclization into the trans-fused ladder oligomers known from the brevetoxins. Moreover, tris(3,4,5-trifluorophenyl)stibines and their hypervalent stiborane catecholates afford different anti-Baldwin stereoselectivity. Lewis (SbCl3), Brønsted (AcOH) and π acids fail to provide similar access to these forbidden rings. Like hydrogen-bonding catalysis differs from Brønsted acid catalysis, pnictogen-bonding catalysis thus emerges as the supramolecular counterpart of covalent Lewis acid catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Pnictogen-bonding catalysis: brevetoxin-type polyether cyclizations

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Submitted
05 May 2020
Accepted
17 Jun 2020
First published
25 Jun 2020

This article is Open Access
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Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article
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Edge Article

Pnictogen-bonding catalysis: brevetoxin-type polyether cyclizations

A. Gini, M. Paraja, B. Galmés, C. Besnard, A. I. Poblador-Bahamonde, N. Sakai, A. Frontera and S. Matile, Chem. Sci., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D0SC02551H

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