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Lithium (a-methylbenzyl)allylamide 2 undergoes stereoselective conjugate additions to u,β-unsaturated iron acyl complexes 3a-c to afford β-amino iron acyl adducts 5a-c and 6a-c. These adducts may be deallylated smoothly using palladium(O) catalysis providing the corresponding homochira! secondary amines 7a-c which, upon oxidative decomplexation with bromine or //-bromosuccinimide, undergo direct β-lactam ring formation. The diastereoselectivity for the conjugate addition to 3a may be further improved by the use of magnesium amide 10. Oxidative decomplexation of one of the β-amino iron acyl adducts 5b in the presence of u-amino esters provides pseudopeptide fragments comprising an a-amino acid coupled to a β-amino acid. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 1999.

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Journal article


Journal of the Chemical Society - Perkin Transactions 1

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3105 - 3110