We found that simple amino acids may serve as very effective chiral inducing agents in diastereoselective synthesis of heterocyclic systems. We used mild Pictet-Spengler-type condensation to the synthesis of several tetrahydro-β-carboline and tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives. L-Amino acids were promoters of 1,4-chirality transfer with up to 100% de. The stereochemistry of the ﬁnal diketopiperazines strongly depended on the structure of the L-amino acids used: acyclic amino acids gave predominantly the (R)-conﬁguration at the newly created stereogenic centre, whereas L-proline aﬀorded the opposite conﬁguration, as established by X-ray crystallography.
We synthesized the Markovnikov-type enol esters selectively from N-protected amino acids by ruthenium-mediated coupling with the appropriate acetylenes.
The presence of a carbon–carbon double bond in enol esters allows their application in many different types of reactions in sustainable organic chemistry.
The introduction of the chiral carboxylic acid moiety allows diastereofacial functionalization of the double bond which may find applications in procedures aimed at preparing enantiomerically enriched products.
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