Synlett 2018; 29(10): 1303-1306
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1591755
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Aldol Condensations on a 3-Alkylidene-2,5-diketopiperazine: Synthesis of Two Marine Natural Products

Magnus E. Fairhurst
a  Department of Chemistry and Centre for Pharmacy, University of Bergen, Allégaten 41, 5007 Bergen, Norway   Email: bengt-erik.haug@uib.no
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Muhammad Zeeshan
b  Department of Chemistry, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Breivika, 9037 Tromsø, Norway   Email: annette.bayer@uit.no
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Bengt Erik Haug
a  Department of Chemistry and Centre for Pharmacy, University of Bergen, Allégaten 41, 5007 Bergen, Norway   Email: bengt-erik.haug@uib.no
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b  Department of Chemistry, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, Breivika, 9037 Tromsø, Norway   Email: annette.bayer@uit.no
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This research was financially supported by UiT – The Artic University of Norway, the University of Bergen and the Norwegian Research Council (grant no. 224790/O30)
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Publication History

Received: 30 October 2017

Accepted after revision: 30 December 2017

Publication Date:
30 January 2018 (online)


Published as part of the Special Section 9th EuCheMS Organic Division Young Investigator Workshop

This work is dedicated to Prof. Leiv K. Sydnes on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Abstract

The synthesis of two marine natural products containing a 3-alkylidene-6-arylidene-2,5-diketopiperazine scaffold by employing two consecutive aldol condensations starting with 1,4-diacetyl-2,5-diketopiperazine is reported. The target compounds contain a phenol or an imidazole group as aryl substituents, respectively, and suitable conditions for the aldol condensation of 1-acyl-3-alkylidene-2,5-diketopiperazine with the required functionalised aromatic aldehydes were developed. Provided the optimal base was used, introduction of the phenol group did not require use of a protecting group. Boc-protection was beneficial for introduction of the imidazole group, and conditions for carrying out the aldol condensation and Boc-deprotection in one step were identified. The stereochemistry of the target compounds was confirmed by NMR analysis.

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  • 15 Experimental procedure for the condensation of 6 with N-Boc-protected imidazole-5-carbaldehyde: Compound 6 (168 mg, 0.8 mmol), N-Boc imidazole-5-carbaldehyde (392 mg, 2.0 mmol), t-BuOK (185 mg, 1.65 mmol) and t-BuOH (1.7 mL) were added to a dried round-bottomed flask. The flask was evacuated, back-filled with argon and sealed with a septum before anhydrous DMF (6 mL) was added. The mixture was stirred at 80 °C for 8 h and then cooled to room temperature before the reaction mixture was partitioned between ethyl acetate (15 mL) and saturated aqueous NH4Cl (15 mL). The aqueous layer was extracted further with ethyl acetate (2 × 15 mL) before the combined organic layers were dried over anhydrous Na2SO4, filtered and evaporated in vacuo until ca. 1 mL of an oily residue remained (containing residual DMF). The oily residue was purified by flash column chromatography, eluting with EtOAc, to give the title compound as a pale-yellow amorphous solid (116 mg, 59%). Rf  = 0.58 (EtOAc). Characterisation data for 4 are in accordance with reference 9. See the Supporting Information for comparison. 1H NMR (500 MHz, DMSO-d6): δ = 12.60 (s, 1 H), 11.73 (s, 1 H), 10.18 (s, 1 H), 7.95 (s, 1 H), 7.52 (s, 1 H), 6.60 (s, 1 H), 5.69 (d, J = 10.4 Hz, 1 H), 2.96 (dhept, J = 10.4, 6.5 Hz, 1 H), 0.97 (d, J = 6.5 Hz, 6 H); 13C NMR (126 MHz, DMSO-d 6): δ = 157.3, 156.2, 136.5, 136.5, 125.4, 124.9, 124.7, 119.2, 104.4, 23.8, 22.2. HRMS (ESI): m/z [M – H] calcd for C12H13N4O2 : 245.1044; found: 245.1041.
  • 16 Use of 1.8 equiv of t-BuOK gave an estimated 1:0.6 ratio of 4 and deacetylated 6 in the crude product.