Synlett 2007(3): 0485-0487  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-967937
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Synthesis of Enantiomerically Pure Cyclopentene Building Blocks

Lutz F. Tietze*, Christian Stadler, Niels Böhnke, Gordon Brasche, Alexander Grube
Institute for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry of the Georg-August-University Göttingen, Tammannstraße 2, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Received 23 November 2006
Publication Date:
07 February 2007 (online)


An efficient synthesis of the enantiomerically pure cis-annulated cyclopentenes 2 and ent-2 was established by the use of an enzymatic transesterification and hydrolysis, respectively, followed by an SN2-type substitution with a benzyloxymethyl cuprate and a sigmatropic rearrangement. The advantage of this approach is the short sequence combined with an excellent overall yield and an enantiomeric excess of 99%.