Asymmetric synthesis of 2,5-disubstituted 3-hydroxypyrrolidines based on stereodivergent intramolecular iridium-catalyzed allylic aminations.Org Biomol Chem. 2014 Mar 28; 12(12):1983-94.OB
Intramolecular iridium-catalyzed allylic aminations of homochiral (E)-6-N-nosylaminohept-2-en-1-yl methyl carbonates were investigated. The relative position of the 2,5-substituents of the resulting pyrrolidines was found to be controlled by using both enantiomers (4 and 5) of the appropriate chiral ligand, demonstrating a simple and highly stereodivergent synthetic protocol. Selected trans- and cis-2,5-disubstituted 3-hydroxypyrrolidines (2a and 18a) were converted to (+)-bulgecinine (6) and (+)-preussin (7), respectively.