Solid-phase asymmetric synthesis using a polymer-supported chiral Evans'-type oxazolidin-2-one

Rachel Green, Jennifer Peed, James E Taylor, Richard A R Blackburn, Steven D Bull

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This protocol describes the synthesis of (S)-4-(4-hydroxybenzyl)- oxazolidin-2-one, its attachment to a Merrifield-Cl resin and its use for asymmetric synthesis. The chiral auxiliary is prepared in four steps from N-Boc-L-tyrosine on a multigram scale in high yield and attached to Merrifield-Cl resin via its phenolic group to afford a solid-supported chiral auxiliary for asymmetric synthesis that takes ∼7 d to prepare. A procedure for its N-acylation is reported and a method for carrying out diastereoselective solid-supported Evans' syn-aldol reactions is described, with aldol products being cleaved from the polymer by either hydrolysis or reduction. The use of the supported auxiliary for two sequential 'on-bead' reactions has been demonstrated for the synthesis of a chiral cyclopropane aldol and a γ-lactone in a >95:5 diastereomeric ratio. These polymer-supported reactions are carried out in IRORI Kan resin capsules to protect the polymer support from mechanical degradation, thus allowing multiple on-bead reactions to be performed. © 2013 Nature America, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1890-1906
Number of pages7
JournalNature Protocols
Issue number10
Early online date23 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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