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Short Paper | Regular issue | Vol 94, No. 3, 2017, pp.492-502
Published online, 13th March, 2017
DOI: 10.3987/COM-16-13614
An Intramolecular Nucleophile-Catalyzed Aldol-Lactonization (NCAL) Reaction of S-Aryl-(E)-6-oxohex-2-enethioate with N,N-4-Dimethylaminopyridine N-Oxide

Hiroki Mandai,* Keita Shimowaki, Kohei Hongo, Koichi Mitsudo, and Seiji Suga*

*Division of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530, Japan


We have developed an intramolecular nucleophile-catalyzed aldol-lactonization (NCAL) reaction of S-aryl-(E)-6-oxohex-2-enethiolate with N,N-4-dimethylaminopyridine N-oxide (DMAPO) to afford densely functionalized bicyclic β-lactones in moderate yield. This unique transformation may be explained in terms of nucleophilic substitution of the S-aryl moiety by DMAPO, followed by 1,4-addition of aryl thiolate to generate a zwitterionic enolate and an intramolecular C–C bond-forming reaction (aldol-lactonization).