Stereoselective synthesis of α-linked 2-deoxy glycosides enabled by visible-light-mediated reductive deiodination.Chemistry. 2014 Dec 22; 20(52):17319-23.C
2-Deoxy sugars and their derivatives occur abundantly in many pharmaceutically important natural products. However, the construction of specific 2-deoxy-glycosidic bonds remains as a challenge. Herein, we report an efficient way to prepare 2-deoxy-α-glycosides by glycosylation of 2-iodo-glycosyl acetate and subsequent visible-light-mediated tin-free reductive deiodination. We have successfully applied the postglycosylational-deiodination strategy in the synthesis of more than 30 mono-, di-, tri-, tetra- and pentadeoxysaccharides with excellent stereoselectivity and efficiency. This method has also been applied to the synthesis of a 2-deoxy-tetrasaccharide containing four α-linkages.