New asymmetric halo aldol reaction provides a novel approach to biologically important chiral cyclothers and cycloamines.Org Lett. 2004 Jun 10; 6(12):2075-8.OL
[reaction: see text] A new asymmetric halo aldol reaction has been developed by reacting cyclopropyl carbonyl derived enolates with aldehydes. The absolute structure was unambiguously confirmed by X-ray structural analysis. Eight examples were reported with good yields and up to complete control of diastereomeric excesses. These halo aldol products have been readily cyclized in the presence of weak bases to produce chiral 2,3-disubstituted tetrahydrofuran derivatives in good yield without any observed epimerization.