2021 Volume 69 Issue 4 Pages 391-399
We have been interested in the reactivities of small-ring compounds and have reported reactions that proceed through cyclopropane intermediates starting from coumarin derivatives bearing an electron-withdrawing group at the 3-position or 2-oxo-2H-pyran-3-carboxylate derivatives and dimethylsulfoxonium methylide. This time, the reaction between 3-oxa-2-oxobicyclo[4.2.0]oct-4-ene-1-carboxylate and dimethylsulfoxonium methylide has been investigated. 3a,4,5,7a-Tetrahydro-7-hydroxybenzofuran-6-carboxylate and/or 2-hydroxybicyclo[4.1.0]hept-2-ene-3-carboxylate were obtained. The compounds were characterized using various spectral and X-ray crystallographic techniques. A plausible reaction mechanism has been discussed. This reaction was applied to some 3-oxa-2-oxobicyclo[4.2.0]oct-4-ene-1-carboxylate derivatives to clarify the generality.