Typically, Povarov reactions of imines derived from aromatic amines and aromatic aldehydes show poor exo/endo-stereoselectivity and to date no data is available on the regioselectivity of the cyclisation when 3-substituted imines are employed. We have demonstrated that reaction using acyclic enamides as the alkene component with 3-nitro substituted imines is completely regioselective and gave only the 5-nitro substituted tetrahydroquinoline. As a bonus the reaction also became completely exo-selective with the stereochemistry of the E-alkene preserved in the tetrahydroquinoline product.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|