Steinhuebel D1, Sun Y, Matsumura K, Sayo N, Saito T.
J Am Chem Soc. 2009 Aug 19;131(32):11316-7. doi: 10.1021/ja905143m.Asymmetric reductive amination of beta-keto amides catalyzed by the chiral catalyst Ru(OAc)(2)((R)-dm-segphos) produces unprotected beta-amino amides with high yields and high enantioselectivities (94.7-99.5% ee). This "one-pot" methodology is general in substrate scope and has been successfully employed to produce sitagliptin with 99.5% ee and 91% assay yield. The excellent reaction efficiency is attributed to the remarkable tolerance to high concentrations of ammonium ion, the high chemoselectivity, and the high enantioselectivity (99.5% ee) of the Ru catalyst system.