Stereoselectivity of the Diels-Alder Reaction of (E)-γOxo-α,β-Unsaturated Thioesters with Cyclopentadiene

Shih Hwa Tsai, Wen-Sheng Chung*, Hsien Jen Wu

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The stereoselectivity of the Diels-Alder reaction of (E)-γ-oxo-α,β-unsaturated thioesters 3a-3d with cyclopentadiene is greatly enhanced in the presence of Lewis acids favoring the endo acyl isomers 4a-4d. In the absence of Lewis acid, Diels-Alder reaction of 3a-3d with cyclopentadiene at 25 °C gave two adducts 4a-4d and 5a-5d in a ratio of 1:1 respectively. In the presence of Lewis acids, Diels-Alder reaction of 3a-3d with cyclopentadiene gave 4a-4d and 5a-5d in ratios of 75∼94:25∼6 respectively. The stereoelectivity was enhanced to ratios of 95∼98:5∼2 with lowering the reaction temperature. The stereochemistry of the cycloadducts 4 and 5 was confirmed by iodocyclization. Reaction of the endo-thioester 5c with I2 in aqueous THF at 0 °C gave the novel methylthio group rearranged product 6c in 80% yield, the first example of iodolactonization of endo-thioesters. Reaction of the endo-acyl isomer 4b with I2 under the same reaction conditions gave an isomeric mixture of 7b and 8b in 1:2 ratio. The stereochemistry of the thioester group in 8b was proved by X-ray single-crystal analysis. The solvent effect on the endo selectivity of (Z)-γ-oxo-α,β-unsaturated thioester 2b was also examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Chinese Chemical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1996

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