Enantioselective Synthesis of Spirooxindolopyrrolizidines via Catalytic 1,3-dipolar Cycloaddition of Azomethine Ylides and 3-(2-Alkenoyl)-1,3-oxazolidin-2-ones
Enantioselective Synthesis of Spirooxindolopyrrolizidines via Catalytic 1,3-dipolar Cycloaddition of Azomethine Ylides and 3-(2-Alkenoyl)-1,3-oxazolidin-2-ones
Journal of the Korean Chemical Society. 2015. Jun, 59(3): 205-208
Copyright © 2015, Korean Chemical Society
  • Received : March 12, 2015
  • Accepted : April 13, 2015
  • Published : June 20, 2015
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Mohammad Javad Taghizadeh
Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences University of Imam Hossein, Tehran, Iran.
Abdollah Javidan
Department of Chemistry, School of Sciences University of Imam Hossein, Tehran, Iran.
Khosrow Jadidi
Department of Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University, G.C. Tehran 1983963113, Iran

The ability of controlling the selectivity is an important aspect in organic synthesis. Compounds that differ in the position of a substituent are known as regioisomers. Although the regioisomers look very alike, they might possess different properties. Since Padwa and co-workers performed the first diastereoselectivity of 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction in 1985, by applying a chiral non-racemic azomethine ylide, 1 their applications has been developed as a cornerstone in organic synthesis. 2 One of today’s challenges in this field is to control the regio-, diastereo- and enantioselectivities of these reactions. Asymmetric 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions of azomethine ylides offer an effective means to access chiral pyrrolidines substructures containing up to four new stereogenic centres that found in many biologically active compounds. 3 Asymmetric multicomponent 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azomethine ylides with alkenes can be a great interest and useful strategies for stereoselective synthesis and develop of these class of molecules and compounds having similar structure. 4 We reported the enantiomerically pure novel spirooxindolpyrrolizidinesby applying optically active cinnamoyloxazolidinone as chiral auxiliary and the enantioselectivities were exceptionally high. 5 However, it requires the use of at least one equivalent of enantiopure auxiliary. To resolve this problem and in continuation of our previous work on the synthesis of spirooxindoles, 6 we applied copper complex of cyclohexane-1,2-bis(arylmethyleneamine) ligands ( . 1 ) as a catalyst to synthesis of a small library of this important class of spirooxindols. 7 In this paper, we wish to report a highly endo- and enantioselective 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of azomethine ylides, derived from isatin, with electron-deficient dipolarophile by using bidendate bis(imine)-Cu(II) complex 1, that can be readily assembled from commercially available trans 1,2-cyclohexanediamine and a variety of suitable aldehyde precursors, in optimized reaction condition. Based on experiences in our previous works and literature survey, 8 Initially, the effects of substituents of bis(imines) ligands 1 ( a-f ) were examined using 10 mol% [Cu(OTf) 2 ] as catalyst in a typical reaction of azomethine ylide 2a with dipolarophile 3a at room temperature in aqueous ethanol as a solvent ( 1 ). Results are summarized in 1 .
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Cyclohexane-1,2-bis(arylmethyleneamine) ligands 1(a-f).
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Asymmetric synthesis of new chiral spirooxindolopyrrolizidines 4 with ligand of 1.
Asymmetric synthesis of new chiral spirooxindolopyrrolizidines with ligand of1(a-f)
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aTemperature in the presence of 10% catalyst [Cu(OTf)2-1=1.0: 1.1], unless otherwise noted. bDetermined by chiral HPLC analysis.
- General Procedure
At the first, a mixture containing (10% mol) aimin base ligand and transition metal salts (10% mol) was prepared in 10 ml dichloromethan. Then a mixture of isatin derivatives (1 mmol) and (S)-proline (1.1 mmol), in 10 mL ethanol was added to mixture. After completion of the reaction (monitored by TLC), the reaction mixture was extracted with dichloromethane (15 mL). The combined organic layer dried over anhydrous MgSO 4 . The organic layer was concentrated in vacuum to furnish the products, which were recrystallized from ethanol.
- Selected Characterization Data
3-((1'S,2'S,3R,7a'R)-1'-methyl-2-oxo-1',2',5',6',7',7a' hexahydrospiro[indoline-3,3'-pyrrolizine]-2'-ylcarbonyl) oxazolidin-2-one (4a): white powder, mp 137−140℃, yield 93%, [α] D +240.5 (c 0.01, CH 2 Cl 2 ), IR(KBr)(υ max , cm −1 ): 1694(C=O), 1745(C=O), 1800(C=O), 3420(NH); 1 H NMR (300.1 MHz, CDCl 3 ); 1.17 (3H, d, 3 J HH =6.3 Hz, CH 3 ), 1.73−1.93 (4H, m, 2CH 2 ), 2.07−2.16 (1H, m, CH), 2.56 (1H, m, CH), 2.83−3.00 (2H, m, CH 2 ), 3.53−3.62 (1H, m, CH), 3.87−3.96 (3H, m, CH and CH 2 ), 4.13−4.21 (1H, m, CH), 4.31 (1H, d, 3 J HH =9.6 Hz, CH), 6.83−7.23 (4H, m, Ar-H), 7.55 (1H, s, NH); 13 C NMR (300.1 MHz, CDCl 3 ); 15.9(1C, CH 3 ), 24.8, 27.6, 41.3, 42.7, 62.1 (5C, 5CH 2 ), 49.3, 59.9, 69.4 (3C, 3CH), 71.9(1C), 110.5, 121.1, 126.0, 129.8 (4C, 4CH), 125.6, 142.7 (2C) 153.0, 172.3, 179.7 (3C, 3C=O); MS, 355 (M++2, 30), 69 (100), 131 (45).
The ligand 1e bearing the relatively bulky tert-butyl substituents at the 2- and 4-positions of the benzene ring resulted in considerably higher yields and enantioselectivities in comparison with the other ligands. 9 The highest enantioselectivity (92%) and yield in high selectivity were achieved by employing ligand 1e . The yields and enantiomeric rations of the products showed the temperature dependence of this process. A decrease in the reaction temperature from 25℃ to −20℃ greatly decreased the reaction yield and enantioselectivity (entries 5, 7 and 8). Considering the 1e as the best ligand, we tested the effect of Cu salts ( 2 ). In all cases, Cu(OTf) 2 proved to be the best copper source while other Cu salts led to a decrease in the ee by 34–90% and longer reaction times (entries 3-4 vs .2). The use of Zn(OTf) 2 instead of Cu(OTf) 2 gave worse result in term of enantioselectivity (entry 1). The effects of catalyst loading were also investigated and the best results were obtained when 10 mol% catalyst loading was used in the reaction. The ligand-to-metal ratio of 1.1:1 using 20 mol% of ligand was investigated under the similar conditions and the isolated yields and enantioselectivity remained the same at 92% respectively. Lowering the catalyst loading to less than 10 mol% led to a sharp decrease in the results.
Dependence of reaction with Lewis acid
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aIsolated yield. bDetermined by chiral HPLC analysis. c20% catalyst is used.
Considering the optimized reaction conditions, we next examined the scope and generality of this reaction with various types of azomethineylides and synthesized a small library of new chiral spirooxindolopyrrolizidines 4a–j ( 3 ). We also were able to obtain suitable crystals of the 4g for crystallography to confirm the assigned stereochemistry of products 4 that was carried out here using several NMR spectroscopy techniques. According to the stereochemistry of the cycloadducts, it can be suggested that the pathway of this reaction would be through the endo transition state. The absolute configuration of enantiomer of endo - 4g can be assigned on the basis of our previous investigation and X-ray crystallographic analysis of compound 4g . On the basis of X-ray structure of 4 , we can now assign the four chiral centers in spiropyrrolizidineoxindole 4g to be 5R (spiro carbon C7), 6S (C21), 7R (C14), 8R (C13). X-ray crystallographic analysis of compound 4g also confirmed this absolute configuration ( . 2 ). 6
Asymmetric synthesis of new chiral spiro-oxindolo pyrrolizidines derivaitives4
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Asymmetric synthesis of new chiral spiro-oxindolo pyrrolizidines derivaitives 4
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ORTEP diagram of one of the four crystallographic independent molecules in the asymmetric unit of 4g thermal ellipsoids are at 30% probability level.
As described in our previous work, upon treatment of chiral spirooxindolopyrrolizidine 5 with hydrogen peroxide in the presence of lithium hydroxide produced product 6 with an optical rotation of +282.8. 5 In the othere work procedure was performed with endo - 4i (89% ee) to give compound 7i with an optical rotation of +250.9. 6 The same procedure was performed with endo - 4i (86% ee) to give compound 7i with an optical rotation of +242.5. The reaction sequences are outlined in 2 . The products 4 are identical in all respects (IR, NMR and mass spectral data) except in amount of optical rotation.
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Determination of the absolute configuration endo-4i.
In conclusion, Simple Salen ligand with copper (II) triflate catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction of azomethineylides with electron-deficient dipolarophile to give spiropyrrolizidineoxindoles in good yield with high regio-, diastereo-, and enantioselectivity (up to 92% ee) in optimized condition.
Publication cost of this paper was supported by the Korean Chemical Society.Supporting Information.Supplementary data (included are general procedures and IR, Mass,1H and13C NMR spectra of all compounds) associated with this article can be found, in the online version.
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