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Synthesis of Methyl 1-Hydroxy-6-oxo-2-cyclohexenecarboxylate, a Component of Salicortin and Tremulacin, and the Monomer of Idesolide

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posted on 12.10.2007 by Amie M. Richardson, Chun-Hsing Chen, Barry B. Snider
We have developed a short and practical first synthesis of methyl 1-hydroxy-6-oxo-2-cyclohexenecarboxylate (2), which has been known as a component of salicortin and tremulacin since 1970. Birch reduction of the SEM ether of methyl salicylate followed by oxidation of the intermediate enolate with (−)-camphorsulfonyloxaziridine afforded the SEM enol ether of 2. Hydrolysis of the SEM enol ether afforded 2. We did not observe the dimerization of either racemic or optically enriched 2 to give idesolide (1).