Stereoselective synthesis of highly enantioenriched 3-methyl-2-cyclohexen-1-ones possessing an asymmetric quaternary carbon as C-4 or C-6: a sugar template approach

Hiroto Kubo, Ikuko Kozawa, Ken ichi Takao, Kin ichi Tadano

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The 1,4-addition of the enolate generated from α-methylated acetoacetate incorporated at C-4 of methyl 6-deoxy-2,3-di-O-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)-α-d-glucopyranoside to methyl vinyl ketone, followed by aldol condensation of the resulting 1,4-addition product under two base-mediated conditions, provided 4-O-functionalized d-glucose derivatives with high diastereoselectivity. These products install a 3-methyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one-4- (or -6-) carboxylic acid as the O-4 ester, in which C-4 or C-6 is an asymmetric quaternary carbon. Removal of the sugar template from those aldol condensation products provided synthetically useful 3,6-dimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one-6-carboxylic acid and 3,4-dimethyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one-4-carboxylic acid derivatives both in high enantioenriched forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1203-1207
Number of pages5
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 11



  • 1,4-Addition
  • Aldol condensation
  • Intramolecular cyclization
  • Sugar template

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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