Asymmetric synthesis using enantiomerically pure 2-(p-anisylsulfinyl)-2-cycloalkenones

Gary H. Posner, Leah L. Frye, Martin Hulce

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Conjugate additions of many organometallic reagents to 2-(p-anisylsulfinyl)-2-cycloalkenones, 2 proceed with much greater diastereoselectivity than additions to the corresponding 2-(p-tolylsulfinyl)-2-cycloalkenones, 7. Complexation of 2 with zinc dibromide followed by addition of various Grignard reagents lead, after reductive removal of the sulfoxide, to 3-substituted cycloalkanones of higher optical purity than those obtained from 7. Addition of methyltitanium triisopropoxide to 2-(p-anisylsulfnyl)-2-cyclohexenone, 2b, in the absence of zinc dibromide, proceeds with virtually complete asymmetric induction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1401-1407
Number of pages7
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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