Two-Step Synthesis of (Z)-3-Aryl-5-(arylmethylidene)butenolides by an Ivanov Reaction/Silver(I)-Catalyzed Lactonization/In Situ Dehydration Sequence

@inproceedings{Hermann2016TwoStepSO,
  title={Two-Step Synthesis of (Z)-3-Aryl-5-(arylmethylidene)butenolides by an Ivanov Reaction/Silver(I)-Catalyzed Lactonization/In Situ Dehydration Sequence},
  author={David Hermann and Deniz Arican and Reinhard Br{\"u}ckner},
  year={2016}
}
A stereoselective synthesis of the title compounds was developed. Hexane- and amine-free THF solutions of α-lithiated lithium arylacetates (‘arylacetic acid dianions’) were aldol-added to 3-arylpropynals. This gave 2,5-diaryl-3-hydroxypent-4-ynoic acids with up to a 72:28 preference for the anti-diastereomer (27 examples + 1 exception). When treated with Ag2CO3 (1–20 mol%) in DMF at room temperature for 2.5 days, the respective mixtures underwent regio- and stereoselective lactonizations… CONTINUE READING

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