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Mercuric Chloride and Iodide Mediated Cyclization of Tethered Alkynedithioacetals as a General Route to Five- and Six-Membered Rings:  Tuning of Regioselectivity by Alkyne Substitution

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posted on 19.01.2006, 00:00 by Goutam Biswas, Subir Ghorai, Anup Bhattacharjya
Mercuric chloride mediated cyclization of tethered alkynedithioacetals has been established as a general route to five- and six-membered carbocycles and heterocycles. Substitution at the alkyne terminus leads to preferential formation of five-membered rings, whereas unsubstituted alkynedithioacetals give six-membered rings as the major products. Mercuric iodide interrupts the reaction at the intermediate dithioacetal stage.