Synthesis of a potent (±)-4-(2-hydroxyphenyl) analogue of the acromelic acids by dearomatising cyclisation of a lithiated N-p-methoxybenzyl-4-methoxy-1-naphthamide

Anjum Ahmed, Ryan A. Bragg, Jonathan Clayden*, Kirill Tchabanenko

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Abstract

Dearomatising anionic cyclisation of N-cumyl-N-p-methoxybenzyl-4-methoxy-1-naphthamide 8 diastereoselectively generates a pyrrolidinone-fused tetralone 12 which may be transformed in seven steps to the racemic form of a known non-natural member of the aryl kainoid family 4 having potent biological activity. Key steps of the synthesis are ruthenium-catalysed oxidation of the C2-p-methoxybenzyl ring of 12 to a carboxylic acid and Baeyer-Villiger cleavage of the tetralone to a lactone whose hydrolysis reveals the two-carbon substituent at C3 and the 2-hydroxyphenyl substituent at C4. Selective reduction of the lactam yields the kainoid 4. Control of epimerisation at the C-4 centre during the lactone hydrolysis leads to either the (active) 3,4-cis or the (inactive) 3,4-trans epimers of the target.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3407-3410
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Volume42
Issue number20
Early online date25 Apr 2001
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2001

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