A new approach to peptide synthesis

C.J. Moody, E. Swann, L. Ferris, David Haigh

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A new approach to the synthesis of dipeptides is described based on the formation of the CONH-CHRCO bond by carbenoid N-H insertion, rather than the formation of the peptide bond itself. The key N-H insertion reaction was carried out by treating a mixt. of N-protected amino acid amide and tri-Et diazophosphonoacetate, EtO2CC(:N2)PO(OEt)2, with a catalytic amt. of Rh2(OAc)4 in toluene to form phosphonates, e.g. I (R1 = H, Me, iso-Pr, iso-Bu; R2 = PhCH2O2C, Me3CO2C) in good yield. Dehydro dipeptides, e.g. II (R1, R2 = same as above; R3 = Ph, iso-Pr, N-Boc-indol-3-yl) were prepd. by Wadsworth-Emmons reaction of the phosphonates I with R3CHO using DBU as base.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2391-2392
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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