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ACS Catalysis


Tropane derivatives are extensively used in medicine, but catalytic asymmetric methods for their synthesis are underexplored. Here, we report Rh-catalyzed asymmetric Suzuki–Miyaura-type cross-coupling reactions between a racemic N-Boc-nortropane-derived allylic chloride and (hetero)aryl boronic esters. The reaction proceeds via an unexpected kinetic resolution, and the resolved enantiopure allyl chloride can undergo highly enantiospecific reactions with N-, O-, and S-containing nucleophiles. The method was applied in a highly stereoselective formal synthesis of YZJ-1139(1), a potential insomnia treatment that recently completed Phase II clinical trials. Our report represents an asymmetric catalytic method for the synthesis of YZJ-1139(1) and related compounds.


alkaloids, asymmetric catalysis, bicycles, rhodium, Suzuki−Miyaura coupling, kinetic resolution

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