Antonio Togni

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The assembly-line architecture of polyketide synthases (PKSs) provides an opportunity to rationally reprogram polyketide biosynthetic pathways to produce novel antibiotics. A fundamental challenge toward this goal is to identify the factors that control the unidirectional channeling of reactive biosynthetic intermediates through these enzymatic assembly(More)
The synthesis of a new family of 10-I-3 hypervalent iodine compounds is described in which the CF3 functionality participates directly in the hypervalent bond. These materials are accessible by nucleophilic ligand substitution at iodine using Me3SiCF3 in the presence of a substoichiometric amount of fluoride. The expected T-shaped geometry at iodine was(More)
A (fluor)ry of activity: The transfer of an intact trifluoromethyl group from a hypervalent iodine reagent to an aliphatic alcohol occurs smoothly upon activation by zinc bis(triflimide). This constitutes a straightforward method for the preparation of trifluoromethoxy alkyl derivatives, compounds otherwise difficult to access.
A series of S-hydrogen phosphorothioates have been converted to the corresponding S-trifluoromethyl derivatives upon reaction with the electrophilic trifluoromethylation reagent 1 (trifluoromethyl 1,3-dihydro-3,3-dimethyl-1,2-benziodoxole). Relative rate data were obtained by (19)F NMR monitoring of competition experiments and were evaluated by means of the(More)
The reaction of the 10-I-3 hypervalent iodine electrophilic trifluoromethylation reagent 1-trifluoromethyl-1,2-benziodoxol-3-(1H)-one (2) with 2,4,6-trimethylphenol, after deprotonation with NaH and in the presence of 18-crown-6 in a polar, nonprotic solvent, affords 1,3,5-trimethyl-2-(trifluoromethoxy)benzene (4) only as a byproduct. Trifluoromethylation(More)