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Asymmetric Syntheses of (−)-1-Deoxymannojirimycin and (+)-1-Deoxyallonojirimycin via a Ring-Expansion Approach

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posted on 19.02.2016 by Stephen G. Davies, Aude L. A. Figuccia, Ai M. Fletcher, Paul M. Roberts, James E. Thomson
The asymmetric syntheses of (−)-1-deoxymannojirimycin and (+)-1-deoxyallonojirimycin are described herein. The ring-closing iodoamination of two epimeric bishomoallylic amines to give the corresponding 5-iodomethylpyrrolidines was followed by in situ ring-expansion to give two diastereoisomerically pure (>99:1 dr) cyclic carbonates. Subsequent deprotection gave (−)-1-deoxymannojirimycin and (+)-1-deoxyallonojirimycin as single diastereoisomers in 7.4 and 3.3% overall yield, respectively, from commercially available starting materials.