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Keywords:

  • amino acids;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • asymmetric synthesis;
  • heterometallic complexes;
  • Mannich reaction
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Not so Mannich now: A heterobimetallic La/Li/pybox complex was key in direct catalytic asymmetric Mannich-type reactions, using α-keto anilides as synthetic homoenolate equivalents to afford γ-amino amide products in up to >99 % yield, 95 % ee, and >97:3 syn-selectivity. Stereoselective reduction of the α-keto moiety afforded the β-alkyl-γ-amino-α-hydroxy amide with three contiguous stereocenters (PG=protecting group).