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Unprecedented in Situ Oxidative Ring Cleavage of Isoxazolidines: Diastereoselective Transformation of Nitronic Acids and Derivatives into 3-Hydroxymethyl 4-Nitro Tetrahydrofurans and Pyrrolidines

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posted on 10.06.2004, 00:00 by Pierre-Yves Roger, Anne-Catherine Durand, Jean Rodriguez, Jean-Pierre Dulcère
Nitronic acids undergo an intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition to unactivated double bonds, and the resulting isoxazolidines spontaneously evolve by an unprecedented in situ oxidative ring cleavage. The extension of this transformation to silyl nitronates results in a general diastereoselective construction of hydroxymethyl nitro functionalized tetrahydro-furans and -pyrrolidine having up to four consecutive stereogenic centers.

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