Author(s): Li X, Danishefsky SJ
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Abstract Cyclobutenone was employed as a dienophile in Diels-Alder cycloadditions, provide diverse and complex cycloadducts in good yields. Experimental outcomes indicated cyclobutenone to be more reactive than either cyclopentenone or cyclohexenone. In addition, cycloadducts bearing a strained cyclobutanone moiety were able to undergo regioselective ring expansions to produce corresponding cyclopentanones, lactones, and lactams, which are otherwise difficultly obtained by direct Diels-Alder reactions.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Journal of Theoretical and Computational Science