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A Straightforward Synthesis of Cyclobutenones via a Tandem Michael Addition/Cyclization Reaction of 2,3-Allenoates with Organozincs

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posted on 23.03.2011, 00:00 by Guobi Chai, Shangze Wu, Chunling Fu, Shengming Ma
An efficient method for synthesis of polysubstituted cyclobutenones, which are not readily available from traditional methods due to the intrinsic ring strain, is described. The reaction of 2,3-allenoates and organozinc reagents proceeds via a tandem Michael addition/cyclic 1,2-addition/elimination mechanism with the functional groups from the organozinc reagents being introduced to the 3-position of the cyclobutenone products regiospecifically in moderate to excellent yields. Application to the synthesis of stereodefined β,γ-unsaturated enones is demonstrated.

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