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Eduardo Torres, Yuzhong Chen, In Chul Kim and P. L. Fuchs Functionality Propagation by Alkylative Oxidation of Cross-Conjugated Cycloheptadienyl Sulfones Angewandte Chemie International Edition 42

Article first published online: 10 JUL 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200350955

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Getting the most out of sulfur. Enantiopure epoxyvinyl sulfone 1 is transformed to syn- and anti-dienyl sulfones 2 and 3, respectively, by means of a nucleophilic methylation/sulfenylation/directed elimination reaction sequence. Compound 2 has been converted into termini-differentiated seven-carbon polypropionate segments found in five biologically significant natural products.

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