Synthesis of highly functionalized δ-lactone-fused cyclopentanoids

Faiz Ahmed Khan, K. S. Krishnakumar, Ch Sudheer

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A short and efficient route to δ-lactone-fused cyclopentanoids starting from the easily accessible Diels-Alder adducts between homoallylic alcohol acetates and 1,2,3,4-tetrachloro-5,5-dimethoxycyclopenta-1,3-diene is reported. Since homoallyl alcohols were derived from the corresponding aldehydes RCHO (R = alkyl, aryl) through allyl metal addition, the methodology is broad in scope with regard to the choice of R group. The initially formed 1:1 diastereomeric mixture of adducts were subjected to ruthenium-catalyzed oxidation followed by acid-mediated hydrolysis of the acetate groups to obtain the hemiacetals 6a-e. Alkaline H2O2-mediated cleavage of the hemiacetals led, after esterification with diazomethane, to a chromatographically separable diastereomeric mixture of 7 and 8 in high overall yield (54-68%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1060
Number of pages7
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 3 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Diastereomers
  • Diels-Alder reactions
  • α-diketones
  • α-keto hemiacetals
  • δ-lactones


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