(Chemical Equation Presented) A stereocontrolled total synthesis of (-)-kainic acid is described. cis-3,4-Disubstituted pyrrolidine ring was constructed by [3 + 2] cycloaddition of azomethine ylide with chiral butenolide. The crucial introduction of carboxyl group at the C-2 position was executed by regio- and stereoselective lithiation of the pyrrolidine ring in the presence of a (+)-sparteine surrogate followed by trapping with carbon dioxide.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry