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Enantioselective Synthesis of “Quaternary” 1,4-Benzodiazepin-2-one Scaffolds via Memory of Chirality
Paul R. Carlier, Hongwu Zhao, Joe DeGuzman, and Polo C.-H. Lam
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125 (38), 11482-11483• DOI: 10.1021/ja0365781 • Publication Date (Web): 28 August 2003 Downloaded from on March 6, 2009

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4-Benzodiazepin-2-one Scaffolds via Memory of Chirality Paul R. Carlier. and treatment with n-BuLi before addition of the electrophile (Table 1). stabilizing the pseudoequatorial conformer. we reason that an N-Me group is not large enough to impart sufficient conformational stability to the enolate ring at -78 °C on the deprotonation/alkylation time scale. MeI. c Racemic 4 is also obtained if BnBr is added only 10 s after deprotonation by LDA.12 Conversion to the N-Me (2b 94%) and the N-i-Pr derivatives (2c 82%.* Hongwu Zhao. d The extent of deuteration is 96%. thus. Virginia Tech. CHEM. the resulting enolate would remain chiral by virtue of the nonplanar diazepine ring.3-dialkyl-1. b % ee measured by chiral stationary phase HPLC (Chiralcel OD. Me. We envisioned that the effective stereochemical cooperativity demonstrated by 3-alkyl-1. Although deprotonation of (3S)-2b would destroy the stereogenic center at C3. AM. 3c. allyl 6 4 2 6 4 2 bromide. Even with short deprotonation times (LDA only. 2003. representing the prototypical “privileged structure”..4benzodiazepin-2-ones have been previously reported11 as a means to prepare novel benzodiazepines and the corresponding amino acids.11b However.4-benzodiazepin-2-ones (3S)-2a and (3S)-3a (R1 ) H) were prepared in 91% and 67% yield from (S)Boc-Ala and (S)-Boc-Phe.4-Benzodiazepin-2-ones entry R1 R2 Ea product % yield % eeb 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Me i-Pr i-Pr i-Pr i-Pr i-Pr i-Pr i-Pr Me Me Me Me Me Me Bn Bn Bn Bn 4-MeC6H4CH2 2-PhC6H4CH2 allyl D Me allyl (()-4 (+)-5 (+)-6 (+)-7 (+)-8 (+)-9 (-)-5 (+)-10 72 74 68 70 76 85d 64 57 0c 97 (3R) 95 (3R) 99 94 99 (3S) 95 (3S) 86 a Electrophiles used: BnBr. substituent (Scheme 1). Knowing that the inversion barrier of benzodiazepines is a function of the size of the N1 11482 9 Scheme 1. When the N1 substituent is relatively small (H.g.1021/ja0365781 CCC: $25.13 After considerable optimization. the only reported R-alkyation route to 3.1 Tens of thousands of these compounds have been prepared on solid phase and in solution. 2). (3S)-stereochemistry will induce the diazepine ring to adopt the (M)-conformation (Scheme 1). 2b).e.and (P)-enantiomers. entries 1. reaction of the enolate derived from (3S)-2c with other active electrophiles proceeds 10. cf. E-mail: pcarlier@vt. SOC. including an auxiliary-based asymmetric method.and (P)-conformational enantiomers6 (Scheme 1). Lam Department of Chemistry.. 11482-11483 . Despite the absence of a stereogenic center.4-benzodiazepin-2-ones that relies upon the intrinsic chirality of the benzodiazepine ring.4-benzodiazepine drug candidates shows no sign of abating. preventing resolution of these compounds.g.4. 58%) in 100% ee was achieved upon treatment of the sodium salts with the corresponding alkyl triflates. Virginia 24061 Received June 9.3 In this Communication. glycine-derived 1. identical treatment of the N-i-Pr analogue (3S)-2c gave the desired product 5 in 97% ee (Table 1. R1 ) t-Bu) is the racemization barrier high enough to allow preparative resolution of the (M). In contrast. 3c) Deprotonation/Trapping Reactions of 1. Blacksburg.11a Enantiomerically pure 1. 4-MeC H CH Br. Racemizing (2b) and Enantioselective (2c. 1a-c). using a modification of Shea’s protocol. N-Me benzodiazepine (3S)-2b produces racemic 4. Deprotonation/alkylation sequences of glycine-derived 1. and the development of new 1. 1d.-H.4-benzodiazepin-2-ones such as 2b might allow the development of an enantioselective R-alkylation protocol.00 © 2003 American Chemical Society J.4-benzodiazepin-2-ones (e.4benzodiazepin-2-ones 1 such as diazepam (1b) are chiral. Dynamic Chirality of 1a-c and Stereochemical Cooperativity in 2b (∆Gq Values Were Determined by 1H NMR Spectroscopy (Coalescense)) Table 1. In addition to benzylation.7 Only when the N1 substituent is very large (e. we determined that acceptable yields of desired R-alkylation products could be attained by deprotonating 2b-c and 3c with LDA in the presence of HMPA. AD).4. and Polo C. 2-PhC H CH Br.5 existing as (M).14 However. Joe DeGuzman. Fortunately. deprotonation/ trapping reactions of the N-i-Pr analogues examined thus far are highly enantioselective. 125. D-OTFA.2 Yet amidst this impressive diversity.4-Benzodiazepines are among the most important scaffolds in medicinal chemistry. i.8 It is well known5.4. i-Pr. 2003. 10 s). racemization is facile at room temperature.Published on Web 08/28/2003 Enantioselective Synthesis of “Quaternary” 1. application of this protocol to the enolate of N-Me benzodiazepine (3S)-2b and BnBr gave 4 in a disappointing 0% ee.8-10 that placement of a single substituent at C3 perturbs the conformational equilibrium of N-Me 1. we report an enantioselective R-alkylation route to “quaternary” 1. the reliance of most of these syntheses upon proteinogenic amino acid starting materials has systematically excluded one class of targets: enantiopure benzodiazepines possessing a quaternary stereogenic center.4-benzodiazepin-2-ones affords low (0-20%) yields..

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