Balskus EP1, Jacobsen EN.
J Am Chem Soc. 2006 May 31;128(21):6810-2.Chiral (salen)Al mu-oxo dimer 1 catalyzes the highly enantioselective conjugate addition of carbon-centered nucleophiles to alpha,beta-unsaturated silyl imides. Allyldimethylsilane-substituted imide 4 was identified as an optimal substrate, undergoing addition reactions with a variety of nitrile nucleophiles in high yield and enantiomeric excess. The silicon-containing products are synthetically useful chiral building blocks, as demonstrated by their application to an enantioselective total synthesis of the potent proteasome inhibitor (+)-lactacystin (2). Read More