Mercuric Trifluoroacetate Mediated Brominative Cyclizations of Dienes. Total Synthesis of dl-3β-Bromo-8-epicaparrapi Oxide

Thomas R Hoye, J. Kurth Mark

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Abstract

Mercuric trifluoroacetate induces the electrophilic cyclization of homogeranic acid and diene alcohols 10 with concomitant carbon-carbon bond formation to generate the bicyclic organomercury compounds 2 and 12. The mercury substituent can be stereospecifically replaced by bromine with either retention or inversion of configuration to give the bromides 1 or 4 and 11 or 14, respectively. Application of this net brominative cyclization to a synthesis of dl-3β-bromo-8-epicaparrapi oxide (15) in seven steps and 12% yield from geranylacetone is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3461-3467
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Volume44
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

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