2017 Volume 65 Issue 9 Pages 822-825
The novel cationic Ag(I)-catalyzed cycloisomerization, which is associated with alkyl rearrangements, from dimethyl 2-allyl-2-prenylmalonate (1) to dimethyl 4-isopropylcyclohex-3-ene-1,1-dicarboxylate (2) has been developed. Derivatization from the diester 2 into the diol 3 and its X-ray crystallographic analysis determined the structure. The mechanisms of the novel reaction were investigated by isotopic experiments, which supported the unusual alkyl shifts. In addition, the product 2 was used for the total syntheses of three natural products, 1,2,5,6-tetrahydrocuminic acid (12), p-menth-3-en-7-ol (13), and p-menth-3-en-7-al (14) in short steps.