Iodine-mediated ring-closing iodoamination with concomitant N-debenzylation for the asymmetric synthesis of polyhydroxylated pyrrolidines
Davies SG., Nicholson RL., Price PD., Roberts PM., Russell AJ., Savory ED., Smith AD., Thomson JE.
Treatment of a range of homochiral unsaturated β-amino esters (containing a cis-dioxolane unit) with iodine promotes a novel ring-closing alkene iodoamination reaction which proceeds with concomitant N-debenzylation, providing a simple and stereoselective route to iodomethyl pyrrolidines. Functional group interconversion of the resulting iodomethyl pyrrolidines upon treatment with AgOAc proceeds via the corresponding aziridinium ion, with subsequent deprotection giving access to polyhydroxylated pyrrolidines. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.