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A ZnCl2-catalyzed three-component coupling reaction allows the synthesis of various 4,5-disubstituted pyrimidine derivatives in a single step from functionalized enamines, triethyl orthoformate, and ammonium acetate. The procedure can be successfully applied to the efficient synthesis of mono- and disubstituted pyrimidine derivatives, using methyl ketone derivatives instead of enamines.
T. Sasada, F. Kobayashi, N. Sakai, T. Konakahara, Org. Lett., 2009, 11, 2161-2164.


A NaOH catalyzed rearrangement of propargylic hydroxylamines allows a highly stereoselective access to Cbz-protected β-enaminones. A subsequent synthesis of pyrimidines shows the synthetic potential of these β-enaminones.
E. Gayon, M. Szymczyk, H. Gérard, E. Vrancken, J.-M. Campagne, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 9205-9220.


A method for the synthesis of 2-substituted pyrimidine-5-carboxylic esters is described. The sodium salt of 3,3-dimethoxy-2-methoxycarbonylpropen-1-ol has been found to react with a variety of amidinium salts to afford the corresponding 2-substituted pyrimidine-5-carboxylic esters.
P. Zhichkin, D. J. Fairfax, S. A. Eisenbein, Synthesis, 2002, 720-722.


The direct condensation of cyanic acid derivatives with N-vinyl/aryl amides affords the corresponding C4-heteroatom substituted pyrimidines. The use of cyanic bromide and thiocyanatomethane in this chemistry provides versatile azaheterocycles poised for further derivatization.
O. K. Ahmad, M. D. Hill, M. Movassaghi, J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74, 8460-8463.


A novel and efficient synthesis of pyrimidine from β-formyl enamide involves samarium chloride catalysed cyclisation of β-formyl enamides using urea as source of ammonia under microwave irradiation.
M. G. Barthakur, M. Borthakur, P. Devi, C. J. Saikia, A. Saikia, U. Bora, A. Chetia, R. C. Boruah, Synlett, 2007, 223-226.


The coupling of acid chlorides with terminal alkynes using one equivalent of triethylamine under Sonogashira conditions followed by subsequent addition of amines or amidinium salts to the intermediate alkynones allows a straightforward access to enaminones and pyrimidines under mild conditions and in excellent yields.
A. S. Karpov, T. J. J. Müller, Synthesis, 2003, 2815-2826.


A single-step conversion of various N-vinyl and N-aryl amides to the corresponding pyrimidine and quinazoline derivatives involves amide activation with 2-chloropyridine and trifluoromethanesulfonic anhydride followed by nitrile addition into the reactive intermediate and cycloisomerization.
M. Movassaghi, M. D. Hill, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 14254-14255.


An array of tetrasubstituted saturated fused pyrimidines has been synthesized through a simple and efficient one-pot operation. The strategic utilization of the N-PMB group enabled the construction of a broad range of N-vinyl tertiary enamide starting materials. This stands as a flexible approach to functionalized pyrimidines with the capability of manipulating either ketone, acid chloride, or nitrile reaction partners.
A. A. Estrada, J. P. Lyssikatos, F. St-Jean, P. Bergeron, Synlett, 2011, 2387-2391.