Stereodivergent silver-catalyzed synthesis of pyroglutamic acid esters†
We report here a silver-catalyzed method for the enantio- and diastereodivergent synthesis of chiral pyroglutamic acid esters with multiple stereocenters. This process proceeds through asymmetric conjugate addition of glycine imine esters to a broad range of β-substituted α,β-unsaturated perfluorophenyl esters followed by lactamization. By leveraging catalyst control and stereospecificity of the 1,4-addition process, all four product stereoisomers containing two adjacent stereocenters are accessible with high stereoselectivity.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2021 Emerging Investigators