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Monday, April 26, 2010
Douglass F. Taber
University of Delaware

Stereocontrolled C-N Ring Construction: The Takayama Synthesis of Lycoposerramine-C

Hideki Yorimitsu and Koichiro Ochima of Kyoto University extended (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 7224. ) Pd-catalyzed intramolecular carboamidation to the construction of aziridines such as 3. Hamdullah Kilic of Ataturk University showed (J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 9452. ) that aziridination of an allylic alcohol 4 could proceed with substantial diastereocontrol.

Makoto Oba of Tokai University established (Tetrahedron Lett. 2009, 50, 5053. ) a route from a serine derivative 6 to the pyroglutamate 8, and developed a protocol for the conversion of 8 to 9. David Tanner of the Technical University of Denmark found (J. Org. Chem.2009, 74, 5032. ) that tetramic acids such as 8 could also be efficiently α-arylated.

Koichi Mikami of the Tokyo Institute of Technology devised (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 6073. ) a gold catalyst for the enantioselective cyclization of 12 to 13. Hiroaki Sasai of Osaka University effected (J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 9274. ) double intramolecular amination, converting 14 into 15 in high ee. Kyungsoo Oh of IUPUI Indianapolis observed (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 7420. ) that using the same ligand, Cu catalysis gave one enantiomer of 18, and Ag catalysis gave the opposite enantiomer. Liu-Zhu Gong of the University of Science and Technology, Hefei devised (Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 4946. ) a chiral Brønsted acid that mediated the enantioselective condensation of 19, 20, and 21 to give 22.

Roderick W. Bates of Nanyang Technological University found (Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 3706. ) that a gold catalyst mediated the cyclization of 23 to 24 with high diastereocontrol. Qi-Lin Zhou of Nankai University effected (Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 4994. ) the enantioselective reduction of racemic 25 under epimerizing conditions, leading to 26 with high stereocontrol. Adriaan J. Minnaard and Ben L. Feringa of the University of Groningen established (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 9339. ) conditions for the enantioselective addition of a diakyl zinc to the activated pyridine 27, to give 28 in high ee. Ying-Chun Chen of the West China School of Pharmacy showed (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 5474. ) that an organocatalyst could mediate the condensation of 29 with 30 to give 31 in high ee.

Hiromitsu Takayama of Chiba University isolated (Tetrahedron Lett. 2002, 43, 8307. ) Lycoposerramine-C (34) from Lycopodium serratum. Intrigued by preliminary studies of the biological activity but lacking material, he developed (Org. Lett. 2009, 11, 5554. ) a total synthesis, the key step of which was the intramolecular Pauson-Khand cyclization of 32 to 33.

D. F. Taber, Org. Chem. Highlights 2010, April 26.