A Convenient Synthesis of Optically Active 5, 5-Disubstituted 4-Amino- and 4-Hydroxy-2(5 H)-furanones from (S)-Ketone Cyanohydrins


  • For Part 38, see F. Effenberger, J. Roos Tetrahedron: Asymmetry2000, 11, in press.


(S)-Ketone cyanohydrins (S)-2 are accessible by enantioselective HCN addition to ketones 1 by using hydroxynitrile lyase from Manihot esculenta ((S)-MeHNL) as a biocatalyst. Acylation of (S)-2 gave the corresponding (S)-acyloxynitriles (S)-3, which can be cyclized by LHMDS to give 5,5-disubstituted (S)-4-amino-2/5 H)-furanones (S)-4 and (S)-5. Different substituents (H, Me, OBn, OH) in the 3-position of the furanones were introduced by selecting the appropriate acylating agent, which in the case of benzyloxyacetyl chloride led to the novel structure type of 4-amino-3-hydroxy-furanones (S)-5. For the synthesis of 5,5-disubstituted (S)-tetronic acids (S)-8, ketone cyanohydrins (S)-2 were first transformed into the corresponding 2-hydroxy esters (S)-6. Acylation of (S)-6 gave 2-acyloxy esters (S)-7, which, by treatment with LHMDS or LDA, afforded tetronic acids (S)-8 in high yields and enantiomeric excesses. By debenzylation of benzyloxy acetoxy derivatives (S)-8 e,f, the new vitamin C analogues (S)-9 a,b were generated. All the described tetronic acid and aminofuranone derivatives were obtained in good chemical yields and without racemization with respect to the starting cyanohydrins (S)-2. In many cases the enantiomeric purity could be enriched by simple recrystallization (e.g. (S)-4 a from 69 % ee to >99 % ee).