Itami K1, Kamei T, Mitsudo K, Nokami T, Yoshida JI.
J Org Chem. 2001 Jun 1;66(11):3970-6.A novel methodology for the deprotonation of a methyl group on silicon has been developed. This newly developed alpha-lithiation protocol is based on the intramolecular pyridyl group coordination to stabilize the alpha-silyl carbanion together with the inherent silicon alpha effect. It was found that the deprotonation (t-BuLi/Et(2)O/-78 degrees C) occurs with 2-pyridyltrimethylsilane but not with other related silanes such as phenyltrimethylsilane, 3-pyridyltrimethylsilane, and 4-pyridyltrimethylsilane. Read More