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TiCl4-Promoted Cyclization Reactions of Aminoacetals and Ethenetricarboxylates Leading to Nitrogen-Containing Heterocycles

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posted on 05.08.2011, 00:00 by Shoko Yamazaki, Masachika Takebayashi
Lewis acid-catalyzed cyclization of aminoacetals 2 and triethyl ethenetricarboxylate (1a) has been examined. The reaction of 3-aminopropionaldehyde diethyl acetal (2a) and 1a in the presence of 1 equiv of TiCl4 at room temperature gave 4-ethoxypiperidine-2,3,3-tricarboxylate 3a in 92% yield with a 2,4-diastereomer ratio of 1:1. The reaction in the presence of 3 equiv of TiCl4 gave 2,4-trans-piperidine derivative 3a in 86% yield predominantly. The reaction of aminoacetaldehyde diethyl/dimethyl acetals 2c,d and 1a with 3 equiv of TiCl4 gave 2,4-trans-4-pyrrolidine-2,3,3-tricarboxylates 5a,b predominantly.