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Reversal of regioselection in the asymmetric aminohydroxylation of cinnamates

Beata Tao, Gunther Schlingloff and K. Barry Sharpless*

*Department of Chemistry and the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037, Email:

B. Tao, G. Schlingloff, K. B. Sharpless, Tetrahedron Lett., 1998, 39, 2507-2510.

DOI: 10.1021/ol000098m

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Use of cinchona ligands with an anthraquinone (AQN) core, in place of the usual phthalazine (PHAL) core, in the asymmetric aminohydroxylation of cinnamates causes dramatic reversal of the regioselection, so that phenyl serines are obtained in high enantiomeric excess. Hence, the regioselectivity is controlled by the ligand and not the substrate.

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Primary Amides. A General Nitrogen Source for Catalytic Asymmetric Aminohydroxylation of Olefins

Z. P. Demko, M. Bartsch, K. B. Sharpless, Org. Lett., 2000, 2, 2221-2223.

Key Words

Sharpless Oxyamination, Amino Acids, Asymmetric reactions, Catalysis

ID: J72-Y1998-620