A highly stereoselective Michael reduction/intramolecular Michael reaction cascade is described. The cascade is initiated by the regioselective Michael reduction of an α-methylidene ester with L-Selectride. This is followed by the highly stereoselective intramolecular Michael reaction which efficiently constructs a six-membered carbocyclic ring with formation of the trans-stereodiad, composed of an all-carbon quaternary center and a tertiary stereogenic center. The stereoselectivity is perfectly controlled by the choice of alkene geometry in the Michael acceptor.
- Quaternary stereogenic center
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry