A catalytic process for the synthesis of optically active C4-substituted tetrahydroindandiones using an asymmetric intramolecular aldol condensation reaction was developed. When 30 mol% of phenylalanine and 50 mol% of pyridinium p-toluenesulfonate were used under highly concentrated conditions, a variety of C4-substituted tetrahydroindandiones and octahydronaphthalenediones were obtained in high yield (up to 89% yield) and high enantiomeric excess (up to 94% ee). One of the products was successfully transformed into the key intermediate for the synthesis of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor wortmannin, achieving formal total synthesis of (+)-wortmannin.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry