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Diastereocontrol by a Hydroxyl Auxiliary in the Synthesis of Pyrrolidines via Radical Cyclization

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posted on 03.08.2002, 00:00 by Magnus Besev, Lars Engman
Organoselenium precursors of 3-aza-5-hexenyl radicals carrying a 1-hydroxyalkyl group in the 2-position were prepared by addition of organometallic reagents to N-allyl-2-aziridinecarbonitrile, reduction of the resulting aziridine ketone, and regioselective benzeneselenol ring opening of the aziridine. Reductive radical cyclization was highly selective, affording the corresponding trans-2,4-disubstituted pyrrolidine (cis/trans ca. 1/10) as the major diastereomer. Recrystallization afforded material that was substantially more enriched in the trans isomer (cis/trans < 1/25).