Synthesis of Fmoc-Protected trams-4-Methylproline

Marta Nevalainen, Pasi M. Kauppinen, Ari M.P. Koskinen

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    Fmoc-protected trans-4-methylproline was synthesized starting from D-serine. The chiral scaffold of serine in the form of olefinated Garner’s aldehyde 3 was used to control the diastereoselective formation of the new stereocenter on the hydrogenation of allylic alcohol 4. The diastereoselectivity (syn/anti ratio) of the process was 86:14, attained with Raney nickel. Hydrogen migration seems not to be the sole factor lowering the diastereoselectivity, as nickel is known not to promote doublebond migration. Instead, the moderate stereocontrol is attributed to the mobility of the side chain of 4, which allows the attack of hydrogen on both faces of the olefin (open transition state). A series of transformations led to ring precursor 8, which after recrystallization afforded the syn diastereoisomer in dr ) 95:5. Protected trans-4-methylproline 11 was obtained from 8 in a straightforward fashion.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2061-2066
    JournalJournal of organic chemistry
    Publication statusPublished - 2001
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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