Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Online ISSN : 1347-5223
Print ISSN : 0009-2363
ISSN-L : 0009-2363
Boron-Catalyzed Carboxylic Acid-Selective Aldol Reaction with Trifluoromethyl Ketones
Kouhei IshizawaHideoki NagaiYohei ShimizuMotomu Kanai
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A catalytic carboxylic acid-selective aldol reaction with trifluoromethyl ketones was developed. Reversible and selective covalent bond formation between a boron catalyst and a carboxylic acid is key to realizing the unprecedented catalytic aldol reaction of simple carboxylic acids. The reaction proceeded chemoselectively at the α-position of carboxylic acid even in the presence of ketone, ester, or amide functional groups in the donor substrates. The chemoselectivity is beneficial for late-stage derivatizations of biologically relevant compounds, as demonstrated by the conversion of indomethacin and triacetylcholic acid.

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