A highly stereoselective (3 + 2) cycloaddition for the asymmetric synthesis of versatile cyclopentene compounds containing all-carbon quaternary stereocenters was developed. The phosphine-catalyzed reactions of alkynoates with α-alkylated electron-deficient alkenes bearing Oppolzer's camphorsultam showed high to excellent diastereoselectivities and perfect regioselectivities. The usefulness of this reaction was demonstrated in the concise formal synthesis of (R)-(-)-puraquinonic acid.
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