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Enantiospecific Synthesis of ortho-Substituted Benzylic Boronic Esters by a 1,2-Metalate Rearrangement/1,3-Borotropic Shift Sequence

Enantiospecific Synthesis of ortho-Substituted Benzylic Boronic Esters by a 1,2-Metalate Rearrangement/1,3-Borotropic Shift Sequence
Raphael Bigler, Varinder K. Aggarwal, Stefan Aichhorn, Eddie L. Myers
Coupling reactions between benzylamines and boronic esters have been investigated. ortho-Lithiated benzylamines react with boronic esters and a N-activator to afford ortho-substituted benzylic boronic esters with formal 1,1′-benzylidene insertion into the C–B bond. The reaction occurs by a SN2′ elimination and 1,2-metalate rearrangement of the N-activated boronate complex to afford a dearomatized intermediate, which undergoes a Lewis-acid catalyzed 1,3-borotropic shift to afford the boronic ester products in high yield and with excellent enantiospecificity. The use of enantioenriched α-substituted benzylamines gave the corresponding secondary boronic esters with high ee.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b05880

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b05880

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