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Borane-Mediated Aldol Cycloreduction of Monoenone Monoketones: Diastereoselective Formation of Quaternary Centers

Ryan R. Huddleston, David F. Cauble and Michael J. Krische*

*Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, Email:

R. R. Huddleston, D. F. Cauble, M. J. Krische, J. Org. Chem., 2003, 68, 11-14.

DOI: 10.1021/jo020629f


A tandem 1,4-reduction-aldol cyclization is induced by exposure of monoenone monoketones to catecholborane in THF at ambient temperature. Six-membered cyclic aldol products are formed in excellent yield with high levels of syn diastereoselectivity for aromatic and heteroaromatic enones. Five-membered ring formation proceeds less readily, but the yield is improved through addition of Rh(I) salts.

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stereochemical model accounting for the syn diastereoselectivity

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Key Words

β-hydroxy ketones, cyclohexanols, catecholborane

ID: J42-Y2003-210