Synthesis 2006(9): 1437-1442  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-926433
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Synthesis of 4,4′-Disubstituted Azepines via Ring-Closing Metathesis Reaction and Asymmetric Arylation of Lactones

Laurent Delhaye, Alain Merschaert*, Khalid Diker, Ioannis N. Houpis*
Chemical Product Research and Development, Lilly Development Centre, rue Granbonpré 11, 1348 Mont-St-Guibert, Belgium
Fax: +32(10)476315; e-Mail: merschaert_alain@lilly.com; e-Mail: yhoupis@prdbe.jnj.com ;
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Received 8 December 2005
Publikationsdatum:
11. April 2006 (eFirst)

Abstract

The syntheses of the title compounds were accomplished via an original sequence of reactions including the ring-closing metathesis­ of ω-dienes by using the second-generation Grubbs’ catalyst. The chiral diene precursors are available in racemic or optically enriched form from the corresponding α,α′-disubstituted lactones derivatives

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Current address: J&J PRD, Turnhoutseweg 30, 2340 Beerse, Belgium.

2

A search in the mddr-3d Isis database produced >1000 hits of azepine derivatives in various stages of development.

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With the exception of compounds 9 (unstable), all isolated compounds in this work gave satisfactory 1H and 13C NMR spectra and HRMS or favorable comparison with the literature data.

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Compounds 4a and 4b and their subsequent derivatives are volatile and were not isolated. Overall yields are reported for 9a and 9b.

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Tricyclohexylphosphine[1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-4,5-dihydroimidazol-2-ylidene][benzylidine]ruthenium (IV) dichloride: CAS number [246047-72-3].