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[structure: see text]. The first general and highly enantioselective organocatalytic Friedel-Crafts alkylation of indoles with simple alpha,beta-unsaturated ketones has been accomplished. Central to these studies has been the identification of a new catalyst amine salt, in which both the cation and the anion are chiral, that exhibits high reactivity and(More)
Catalysis with chiral secondary amines (asymmetric aminocatalysis) has become a well-established and powerful synthetic tool for the chemo- and enantioselective functionalization of carbonyl compounds. In the last eight years alone, this field has grown at such an extraordinary pace that it is now recognized as an independent area of synthetic chemistry,(More)
Endomorphin-1 (Tyr-Pro-Trp-PheNH2) has been proposed as the most potent endogenous ligand of the mu-opioid receptors. In this paper, we describe the synthesis of some endomorphin-1 based tetrapeptides in which a residue of the sequence Tyr-Pro-Trp-PheNH2 is replaced by the corresponding beta-isomer. These novel peptides showed different affinities for the(More)
[reaction: see text] The asymmetric aminolytic kinetic resolution (AKR) of racemic terminal epoxides using carbamates as the nucleophile catalyzed by (salen)Co(III) complex provides a practical and straightforward method for the synthesis of both aliphatic and aromatic N-Boc- or N-Cbz-protected 1,2-amino alcohols in almost enantiomerically pure form (ee >/=(More)
We describe two procedures for the synthesis of primary amines derived from 9-amino(9-deoxy)epi cinchona alkaloids, valuable catalysts used in the asymmetric functionalization of carbonyl compounds. The first approach allows the one-pot 5-g-scale syntheses of four cinchona-based analogs (1, 3, 5 and 7) from the alkaloids quinine (QN), quinidine (QD),(More)
A venerable scaffold for asymmetric synthesis and drug development, chiral 5-substituted oxazolidinones are obtained in almost enantiomerically pure form (up to 99.9% ee) starting from racemic terminal epoxides. The salient features of this process include the very simple and convenient experimental protocol and the employment of a readily accessible(More)
Asymmetric catalytic variants of sunlight-driven photochemical processes hold extraordinary potential for the sustainable preparation of chiral molecules. However, the involvement of short-lived electronically excited states inherent to any photochemical reaction makes it challenging for a chiral catalyst to dictate the stereochemistry of the products.(More)