Asymmetric Induction during Organometallic Conjugate Addition to Enantiomerically Pure 2-(Arylsulfinyl)-2-cyclopentenones

Gary H. Posner, John P. Mallamo, Martin Hulce, Leah L. Frye

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Virtually complete asymmetric induction is achieved during methyl-, vinyl-, and naphthylmetallic conjugate addition to enantiomerically pure (S)-(+)-2-(p-tolylsulfinyl)-2-cyclopentenone ((S)-(+)-1). (R)-3-Methylcyclopentanone is obtained when the enone sulfoxide (S)-(+)-1 is first complexed with divalent zinc and then methylmagnesium iodide is added, whereas (S)-3-methylcyclopentanone is obtained when methylmagnesium iodide is added to the same, uncomplexed enone sulfoxide. (R)-3-Methylcyclopentanone is obtained also when the enone sulfoxide is treated separately with lithium tetramethylaluminate, methyltitanium triisopropoxide, and methylmagnesium chloride. (S)-(+)-2-(1-Naphthylsulfinyl)-2-cyclopentenone ((S)-(+)-1′) gives mainly the unexpected (S)-3-methylcyclopentanone on reaction with dimethylcopperlithium. Enantiomerically pure steroid intermediates (S,S)-(+)-4 and (S,S)-(+)-7 are prepared in short, convergent, and high-yield sequences starting with enone sulfoxide (S)-(+)-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4180-4185
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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