A Short, Efficient, and Stereoselective Synthesis of Piperine and its AnaloguesFunding by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF Project P27194) is gratefully acknowledged.
Received: 26 November 2018
Accepted after revision: 16 December 2018
14 January 2019 (eFirst)
◊ These authors contributed equally to this work
Published as part of the 30 Years SYNLETT – Pearl Anniversary Issue
A quantitative synthesis of piperine from commercially available starting material is presented. The synthesis relies on a stereoselective nucleophilic attack of an in situ generated cuprate onto a cyclobutene lactone. The so-formed aryl-substituted cyclobutene spontaneously undergoes a conrotatory 4π-electrocyclic ring opening to form the 4-aryl pentadienoic acid as a single diastereoisomer. The high-yielding synthesis can be easily modulated on the aryl and on the amide moiety for the synthesis of a wide range of piperine analogues.
Key wordstotal synthesis - piperine - alkaloid - cyclobutene - pericyclic reaction - stereoselective - organometallic chemistry
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