DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1588518
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Synthesis of the Verapamil Intermediate through the Quaternary Carbon-Constructing Allylic Substitution

Yuichi Kobayashi*, Ryohei Saeki, Yutaro Nanba, Yuta Suganuma, Masao Morita, Keita Nishimura
  • Department of Bioengineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Box B-52, Nagatsuta-cho 4259, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8501, Japan   Email:
This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26410111 and the Kobayashi International Scholarship
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Publication History

Received: 08 May 2017

Accepted after revision: 04 July 2017

Publication Date:
08 August 2017 (eFirst)


In the present study, the key secondary allylic picolinate was synthesized via Pd(PPh3)4-catalyzed coupling of the TBS ether of (R,Z)-4-iodo-5-methylhex-3-en-2-ol with allyl-MgBr. Allylic substitution of the picolinate with the copper reagent derived from 3,4-(MeO)2C6H3MgBr and Cu(acac)2 in a 2:1 ratio afforded the anti SN2′ product with complete chirality transfer and 91% regioselectivity. Synthetic manipulation of the olefin moiety led to the nitrile group, generating the intermediate for the synthesis of (S)-verapamil.

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