The cycloaddition of the N-2-methoxyphenyl aldimines with lithium ynolates was efficiently accelerated via chelation to give β-lactam enolates, which immediately reacted with one more equivalent of the imine to give β-lactams (2:1 adducts) in good yields, while N-4-methoxyphenyl imines were inert towards lithium ynolates. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry