The stereochemical features and synthetic potentials are described of the classic [1,2]-Wittig rearrangement which is now recognized to proceed via the radical cleavage-recombination mechanism. First, the [1,2]-Wittig rearrangement of enantio-defined α-benzyloxypropyllithium and its (R)-α-methylbenzyloxy analogs is shown to proceed predominantly with inversion of configuration at the Li-bearing terminus and retention of configuration at the migrating carbon. Second, the [1,2]-Wittig rearrangement of O-glycosides of both acetal and ketal types, including those derived from D-ribose and D-glucose, is demonstrated to proceed with complete retention of either the α- or β-anomeric configuration, along with efficient stereocontrol over the newly created chiral center on the side chain to afford the novel classes of stereo-defined C-glycosides in good yields.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Yuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1996|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry