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Increasing the Reactivity of Amides towards Organometallic Reagents: An Overview
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry. University of Vienna, Austria.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
2014 (English)In: Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, ISSN 1615-4150, E-ISSN 1615-4169, Vol. 356, no 18, 3697-3736 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The nucleophilic addition of carbon nucleophiles to amides has traditionally been a difficult task, both due to reactivity and selectivity problems. When successful, these processes would represent straightforward routes towards carbonyl-type or amine compounds, depending on the fate of the generated tetrahedral intermediate. The direct addition of nucleophiles to amides for the preparation of ketones has been studied and applied to the syntheses of several natural products. On the other hand, the addition of nucleophiles to amides to obtain substituted amines represented a major challenge, and only scattered applications on particular substrates have appeared. Initial improvements were based on the activation of amides by introduction of particular substituents, such as in N-methoxy amides (Weinreb amides) or electron-withdrawing groups able to increase the carbon nucleophilicity. Although these strategies facilitate the introduction of nucleophiles, chemoselectivity issues arise when additional electrophilic moieties (i.e., carbonyls) are present, thus decreasing the versatility of the methods. In recent years, important advancements towards fully chemoselective methods have been realized. The capture of tetrahedral intermediates with acids generates highly electrophilic iminium species able to undergo chemoselective additions of various nucleophiles, thus accessing substituted amines. Alternatively, the in situ generation of an iminium triflate ion allows highly chemoselective additions of nucleophiles, yielding amines, ketones or ketimines. Also thioamides can be used as precursors of ketones or alpha-substituted amines. The success of the above methodologies is further showcased by the application in various syntheses of natural products or biologically active molecules.

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2014. Vol. 356, no 18, 3697-3736 p.
Keyword [en]
amides, chemoselectivity, intermediates, lactams, organometallics
National Category
Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Organic Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-113117DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201400630ISI: 000346071600001OAI: diva2:790255


Available from: 2015-02-23 Created: 2015-01-23 Last updated: 2015-10-09Bibliographically approved

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