Synfacts 2018; 14(11): 1189
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1611043
Organo- and Biocatalysis
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Stereodivergent Synthesis of 2,3-Disubstituted 1,4-Dicarbonyls

Benjamin List
Jennifer L. Kennemur
Kaldre D, Klose I, Maulide N. * University of Vienna, Austria
Stereodivergent Synthesis of 1,4-Dicarbonyls by Traceless Charge-Accelerated Sulfonium Rearrangement.

Science 2018;
361: 664-667
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Publication Date:
18 October 2018 (online)



Maulide and co-workers report an acid-catalyzed [3,3]-sigmatropic sulfonium rearrangement toward acyclic polysubstituted 1,4-dicarbonyls in excellent yields and stereoselectivities. The method employs simple starting materials, i.e. ynamides and vinyl sulfoxides, the latter of which govern both the absolute configuration (via the stereochemistry at sulfur) and the relative configuration (via the double-bond geometry of the key intermediate). The authors exploit this substrate control to access all four possible dia­stereomers in high selectivities.



The synthetic pursuit of 2,3-disubstituted 1,4-dicarbonyl compounds indeed represents a longstanding endeavor in organic synthesis (see, for example: M. P. DeMartino, K. Chen, P. S. Baran J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 11546). The highlighted method provides access to such compounds in a stereodivergent manner, even dictating the relative and absolute configuration for substrates containing all-carbon quaternary stereocenters along the chain. The method may not be described as ‘atom economical’, but it certainly holds promise as a robust approach to this highly sought-after motif.