Approach to the Homoerythrina Alkaloids Using a Tandem N-Alkylation/Azomethine Ylide Cycloaddition
datasetposted on 25.05.2007, 00:00 by William H. Pearson, Jeffrey E. Kropf, Allison L. Choy, Ill Young Lee, Jeff W. Kampf
Synthetic efforts toward the homoerythrina alkaloids 1−3 are described. Two separate model systems guided the pivotal [3 + 2] azomethine ylide cycloaddition cascade to form the A−C rings of these alkaloids. The cycloaddition precursors 63 and 68, prepared in nine and ten steps, respectively, from alkyne 47, each contain an enolizable ketone, a tethered electrophile, and an electron-poor dipolarophile. Heating 63 and 68 with the stannyl amine 17 generated demethoxyschelhammeridine 65 and demethoxyschelhammericine 70, the products of intramolecular azomethine ylide cycloadditions. Subsequent attempts to install the C-3 methoxy group of 1−3 are also described.