Efficient Asymmetric Synthesis of Novel Gastrin Receptor Antagonist AG-041R via Highly Stereoselective Alkylation of Oxindole Enolates

An efficient method for asymmetric synthesis of the potent Gastrin/CCK-B receptor antagonist AG-041R was developed. Core oxindole stereochemistry was established by asymmetric alkylation of oxindole enolates with bromoacetic acid esters, using <i>l</i>-menthol as a chiral auxiliary. The key alkylation reaction of the oxindole enolates generated tetrasubstituted chiral intermediates with high diastereoselectivity. The stereoselective alkylation reactions are described in detail.