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Stereoselective β-Hydrogen Elimination from Nickel(II)−N-Glycoside Complexes

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posted on 04.04.1997, 00:00 authored by Glenn Smith, Steven F. Pedersen, Julie A. Leary
Octahedral nickel(II)−N-glycoside complexes of glucose, galactose, mannose, and talose were synthesized and analyzed by electrospray ionization (ESI). A resulting tricoordinate species generated from the octahedral complex was subjected to collision-induced dissociation. A highly stereoselective dissociation pathway involving β-hydrogen elimination and cross-ring cleavages was observed in complexes possessing equatorial C-2 substituents. 2H- and 13C-labeling experiments indicate that the hydrogen on C-2 and a labile proton are involved in the β-hydrogen elimination. Additionally, C-4, C-5, and C-6 are shown to be lost from the monosaccharide as a result of the cross-ring cleavages. A mechanism is postulated to explain the stereoselectivity of this dissociation.