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Biomimetic Organocatalytic Approach to 4‑Arylquinolizidine Alkaloids and Application in the Synthesis of (−)-Lasubine II and (+)-Subcosine II

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posted on 27.06.2019, 00:00 by Seerat Virk, Sunil V. Pansare
An enantioselective, biomimetic organocatalytic synthesis of 4-arylquinolizidin-2-ones, key intermediates in the synthesis of several Lythraceae alkaloids, was developed. The methodology features S-proline-mediated Mannich/aza-Michael reactions of readily available arylideneacetones and Δ1-piperideine. The total syntheses of (−)-lasubine II and (+)-subcosine II as well as the formal syntheses of structurally related Lythraceae alkaloids were achieved. The use of Δ1-pyrroline in the Mannich/aza-Michael reaction provides enantiomerically enriched 5-arylindolizidin-7-ones, which are precursors to nonopiate antinociceptive agents.