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Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of Butenolides and Butyrolactones

Mao, B., Fananas-Mastral, M. & Feringa, B. L., 9-Aug-2017, In : Chemical reviews. 117, 15, p. 10502-10566 65 p.

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gamma-Butenolides, gamma-butyrolactones, and derivatives, especially in enantiomerically pure form, constitute the structural core of numerous natural products which display an impressive range of biological activities which are important for the development of novel physiological and therapeutic agents. Furthermore, optically active gamma-butenolides and gamma-butyrolactones serve also as a prominent class of chiral building blocks for the synthesis of diverse biological active compounds and complex molecules. Taking into account the varying biological activity profiles and wide-ranging structural diversity of the optically active gamma-butenolide or gamma-butyrolactone structure, the development of asymmetric synthetic strategies for assembling such challenging scaffolds has attracted major attention from synthetic chemists in the past decade. This review offers an overview of the different enantioselective synthesis of gamma-butenolides and gamma-butyrolactones which employ catalytic amounts of metal complexes or organocatalysts, with emphasis focused on the mechanistic issues that account for the observed stereocontrol of the representative reactions, as well as practical applications and synthetic potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10502-10566
Number of pages65
JournalChemical reviews
Volume117
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 9-Aug-2017

    Keywords

  • BAEYER-VILLIGER OXIDATION, CARBON-HYDROGEN INSERTION, MORITA-BAYLIS-HILLMAN, VINYLOGOUS ALDOL REACTION, SILYL KETENE ACETALS, METHYLENE-GAMMA-BUTYROLACTONES, DYNAMIC KINETIC RESOLUTION, MUKAIYAMA-MICHAEL REACTION, MANNICH-TYPE REACTION, C(2)-SYMMETRIC COPPER(II) COMPLEXES

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