Title

Studies on the Diastereoselective Preparation of Bicyclopropanes

Abstract

The identification of two natural products, FR-900848 and U-106305, has stimulated interest concerning the relationship between configurational isomerism, conformational isomerism, and biological activity of polycyclopropanes. Efforts to investigate the relationship between configurational and conformational isomerism through molecular modeling suggest that significantly different three-dimensional structures will result from unique primary structures. Any effort to address these issues demands that stereoselective methods for the preparation of polycyclopropanes be developed. We have investigated the application of zinc−carbenoid cyclopropanation in the presence of chiral dioxaboralanes to the preparation of eight stereochemically unique bicyclopropanes. The trans-vinylcyclopropane starting materials demonstrated very little substrate-induced stereoselectivity, while the cis-vinylcyclopropane demonstrates modest to excellent stereocontrol. A model for the substrate-based stereocontrol is proposed. We also used the spectroscopic data gathered in this investigation to probe the substrate-mediated stereocontrol in the rhodium(II)-catalyzed cyclopropanation of vinylcyclopropanes with ethyl diazoacetate.

Publication Date

1-1-1996

Journal Title

Journal of Organic Chemistry

Publisher

American Chemical Society

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1021/jo961235p

Document Type

Article

Rights

Copyright © 1996 American Chemical Society