Asymmetric formal synthesis of (+)-lysergic acid was achieved with a reductive ring-opening reaction of chiral 2-alkynyl-3-indolyloxirane with NaBH3CN as the key step. With Zn(OTf)2 as an additive, the ring-opening reaction proceeded regioselectively at the 3-position to give the corresponding propargyl alcohol, which was a precursor of the allenic amide for palladium-catalyzed domino cyclization to construct the ergot alkaloid core structure.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Jul 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry