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A Simple and General Chiral Silicon Lewis Acid for Asymmetric Synthesis:  Highly Enantioselective [3 + 2] Acylhydrazone−Enol Ether Cycloadditions

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posted on 20.07.2005, 00:00 by Seiji Shirakawa, Pamela J. Lombardi, James L. Leighton
A highly diastereo- and enantioselective [3 + 2] acylhydrazone−enol ether cycloaddition mediated by a simple chiral silane Lewis acid is described. The reactions are highly practical, as demonstrated by a larger scale (5 g of the hydrazone) reaction in which the product was obtained after recrystallization in 93% yield and 99% ee. Evidence for a stepwise mechanism and a model for the asymmetric induction are presented, as well.