Asymmetric imine-ene reactions: diastereofacial selective reactions with chiral glyoxylate-derived alpha-imino esters and asymmetric catalysis of enantiofacial selective reactions with prochiral alpha-imino esters.

The diastereofacial selective "imine-ene" reactions with alpha-imino esters, prepared from (-)-8-phenylmenthyl glyoxylate, are shown to provide an efficient entry to the asymmetric synthesis of alpha-amino acids. The feasibility study of the asymmetric catalysis is also reported on the enantiofacial selective ene reactions with prochiral alpha-imino esters.