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Parallel Kinetic Resolution of Acyclic γ-Amino-α,β-unsaturated Esters: Application to the Asymmetric Synthesis of 4-Aminopyrrolidin-2-ones

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posted on 06.01.2012, 00:00 by Stephen G. Davies, James A. Lee, Paul M. Roberts, James E. Thomson, Jingda Yin
Conjugate addition of a 50:50 pseudoenantiomeric mixture of lithium (R)-N-benzyl-N-(α-methylbenzyl)amide and lithium (S)-N-3,4-dimethoxybenzyl-N-(α-methylbenzyl)amide to a range of racemic acyclic γ-amino-α,β-unsaturated esters (derived from the corresponding α-amino acids) effects their efficient parallel kinetic resolution, allowing the preparation of enantiopure β,γ-diamino esters. The β,γ-diamino ester products of these reactions are readily converted into the corresponding substituted 4-aminopyrrolidin-2-ones via N-debenzylation and cyclization.