Cobalt-Catalyzed [6 + 2] Cycloaddition of Alkynes with 1,3,5,7-Cyclooctatetraene as a Key Element in the Direct Construction of Substituted Bicyclo[4.3.1]decanes.J Org Chem. 2017 01 06; 82(1):471-480.JO
A new, effective catalytic system based on Co(acac)2 has been developed for [6 + 2] cycloaddition of terminal alkynes to 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene to give substituted bicyclo[4.2.2]deca-2,4,7,9-tetraenes in high yields (68-85%). The electrophilic activation of double bonds in the bicyclic products with m-CPBA is an efficient method for the synthesis of substituted bicyclo[4.3.1]deca-2,4,8-triene-7,10-diols, which form the key structural moieties of numerous natural biologically active compounds. The structures of the obtained compounds were reliably proven by modern spectral methods and X-ray diffraction. The mechanism of the discovered rearrangement was studied both using deuterium-labeled bicyclo[4.2.2]deca-2,4,7,9-tetraenes and utilizing quantum chemical calculations. The obtained substituted bicyclo[4.3.1]deca-2,4,8-triene-7,10-diols and their keto derivatives showed high antitumor activity in vitro against Hek293, Jurkat, K562, and A549 tumor cell lines.