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Enantioselective Addition of Vinylzinc Reagents to 3,4-Dihydroisoquinoline N-Oxide

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posted on 31.08.2006 by Sa Wang, Christopher T. Seto
Ligand 2a promotes the enantioselective addition of vinylzinc reagents to 3,4-dihydroisoquinoline N-oxide to yield chiral allylic hydroxylamines. With 0.1 equiv of the ligand, the product is obtained in up to 84% ee, whereas with 1.2 equiv of the ligand, the ee is increased to the 90−95% range with a variety of aliphatic, cyclic, and aromatic vinylzinc reagents. This method was used to synthesize the protected unnatural amino acid N-Cbz-d-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline-1-carboxylic acid in three steps from the allylic hydroxylamine.

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