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Synthesis of 1,4-keto carboxylic acids, esters and amides

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Various oxo acid derivatives were obtained directly from the reaction of aliphatic and aromatic aldehydes with ω-alkenoic acid derivatives in the presence of rhodium(I) complexes and 2-amino-3-picoline.
E.-A. Jo, C.-H. Jun, Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2006, 2504-2507.

Visible-light photoredox-catalyzed fragmentation of methyl N-phthalimidoyl oxalate allows  direct construction of a 1,4-dicarbonyl structural motif by a regioselective conjugate addition of the methoxycarbonyl radical to reactive Michael acceptors.
Y. Slutskyy, L. E. Overman, Org. Lett., 2016, 18, 2564-2567.

A cationic rhodium(I)/dppb complex catalyzed direct intermolecular hydroacylation of N,N-dialkylacrylamides with both aliphatic and aromatic aldehydes represents a versatile route to γ-ketoamides in view of high atom economy and commercial availability of substrates.
K. Tanaka, Y. Shibata, T. Suda, Y. Hagiwara, M. Hirano, Org. Lett., 2007, 9, 1215-1218.

A cationic rhodium(I)/(R,R)-QuinoxP* complex catalyzes a highly enantioselective direct intermolecular hydroacylation of α-substituted acrylamides with unfunctionalized aliphatic aldehydes to yield the corresponding γ-ketoamides in high yields with excellent ee values.
Y. Shibata, K. Tanaka, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 12552-12553.

Iridium photoredox catalysis enables a decarboxylative 1,4-addition of 2-oxo-2-(hetero)arylacetic acids to various Michael acceptors including α,β-unsaturated ester, ketone, amide, aldehyde, nitrile, and sulfone at room temperature. 2-Oxo-2-(hetero)arylacetic acids are easily accessible precursors of acyl anions through photoredox-catalyzed radical decarboxylation.
G.-Z. Wang, R. Shang, W.-M. Cheng, Y. Fu, Org. Lett., 2015, 17, 4830-4833.

Photoredox catalysis achieves a hydroacylation reaction of alkenes using readily available carboxylic acids as the acyl source and hydrosilanes as a hydrogen source. The protocol offers extremely mild conditions, broad substrate scope, and good functional group tolerance.
M. Zhang, R. Ruzi, J. Xi, N. Li, Z. Wu, W. Li, S. Yu, C. Zhu, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 3430-3433.

Conjugated addition of primary nitroalkanes to α,β-unsaturated ketones or α,β-unsaturated esters, in the presence of two equivalents of DBU, allows the one-pot prepration of γ-diketones or γ-keto esters, respectively. The reaction of 2-aryl-1-nitroethane derivatives with α,β-unsaturated ketones gives cyclopentenones.
R. Ballini, L . Barboni, G. Bosica, D. Fiorini, Synthesis, 2002, 2725-2728.


In a Co-catalyzed reaction for the construction of 1,4-dicarbonyls, a cascade organocobalt addition/trapping/Kornblum-DeLaMare rearrangement were involved. The reaction offers easy availability of starting materials, wide substrate scope, high functionality tolerance, and operational simplicity.
F. Zhang, P. Du, J. Chen, H. Wang, Q. Luo, X. Wan, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 1932-1935.