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by air oxidation of 111 aiid provides a clue to the quaternary salt of type B, which is decomposed
nature of veranthridine itsell (vide infra). Huang- by water to produce about 70% of 2-methylcyclo-
Minlon reduction of V regenerated veranthridine, hexanone. Similar alkylation with benzyl chloride
m.p. 228-230' ; mixed m.p. undepressed; ultra- produces 2-benzylcyclohexanone. Functional
violet spectrum identical with that of authentic groups may be present in the halide: Ethyl bromo-
111. acetate leads to ethyl 2-oxo-cyclohexaneacetate in good
The facile oxidation of both cevanthridine and yield. I t may be noted that the conventional
veranthridine under mild conditions to colored synthesis of the latter compound requires five steps
ketobases and the smooth reduction of the latter from cyclohexanone. The mildness of this new
to the parent bases by the very specific method reaction lends itself to the alkylation of substances
employed indicates that these red ketones are containing alkoxide labile groups : 4-hydroxy-
fluorenones and hence that cevanthridine and cyclohexanone benzoate gives 2-methyl-4-hydroxy-
veranthridine are fluorene derivatives." These cyclohexanone benzoate without loss of the benzoyl
results support our earlier conclusion that the non- group in addition to the N-methiodide of the start-
nitrogenous portion of cevine (and the related ing enamine (path I), isolated in llY0 yield. The
polyhydroxy tertiary bases) does not possess a reaction may also be of interest, conversely, in
normal steroid skeleton, but rather has the C-nor/D cases where the halide contains base sensitive func-
homo-steroid type of structure which has been tions. The new reaction is not limited to alkyl
adopted for jervine and veratramine by Winter- halides : Acrylonitrile heated with the pyrrolidine
steiner, et aL6 enamine of cyclohexanone in dioxane solution
( 5 ) Cf the ease of oxidizing fluorene t o fluorenone and of regenera- gives a n yield of 2-cyancethylcyclohexanone,a
ting fluorene by t h e Wolff-Kishner reduction substance which is only obtained with difficulty
(6) For leading references see 0 Wintersteiner a n d R I Moore, by other methods. Methyl vinyl ketone gives
THISJOURNAL, 75, 4938 (1953) directly, after treatment of the intermediate with
THEROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE water, A1-Q-2-octalonein about 3040% yield.
FOR MEDICAIRESEARCH S 1%' PELLETIER Treatment of the enamine from cyclohexanone with
NEWYORK21, N. Y. WALTER A. JACOBS
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benzoyl chloride gives 2-benzoylcyclohexanone
and with ethyl chlorocarbonate in dioxane solution
2-carbethoxycyclohexanone is ~ b t a i n e d . ~
A NEW SYNTHESIS OF 2-ALKYL AND 2-ACYL
The monoalkylation obtained with alkyl halides
KETONES is clearly the result of the much lower reactivity
Sir: of the alkylated enamines since the salts of type B
We have discovered a new method for the alkyla- can produce alkylatable enamines by loss of a pro-
tion and acylation of ketones. The condensation ton to the parent enamine
products of ketones and secondary amines are well R
It is evident that these substances can
undergo reaction with proper electron acceptors
either a t N or C according to path I or 11:
R R R B

H
-_
/ R'
H H \ H >?=C-\-H + I
>N-CLC(R

i I1 K'
R

I n agreement with this view, we have found that the


pyrrolidine enamine from 2-methylcyclohexanone
gives mostly recovered starting material under the
conditions used with cyclohexanone itself.
R' This low reactivity of the fully substituted en-
/ amines is useful in certain cases, e.g., the mono-
A O=C-C-R methylation of 6-tetralones which is usually very
I \
I \
H difficult to achieve by direct methylation: Here
again the reaction is easily applied in the presence
We have found that the synthetically important of base sensitive groups : 5-phthalimido-2-tetralone
path I1 is followed in a number of instance^.^ produces the 1-methyl derivative in about 50-60yo
The pyrrolidine enamine from cyclohexanone reacts yield without interference from the imide function.6
with methyl iodide in boiling methanol to yield a The specially interesting case of the enamines
(1) C. Mannich and H. Davidson, B e r . , 69,2106 (1936) (4) For a theoretically related reaction in the ketene acetal series
(2) An especially convenient synthetic method has recently been see S. M . McElvain and R. V. Mullineaux, THISJOURNAL, 74. 1811
described by F. E . Hey1 and M. E. Herr, THIS J O U R N A L , 75, 1918 (1952).
(1953). (5) I n this special case, the reaction recalls the monoalkylation of
(3) I n a formal sense an electronic archetype for these reactions may acetoacetic ester which may be effected with suficiently reactive
well he the transformation of 1,3,3-trimethyl-2-methyleneindoline alkyl halides win dialkylaminocrotonic ester' R Rohinson. J . Chem.
into 1,3,3-trimethyl-2-isopropylideneindoline on treatment with SOC.,109, 1038 (1918); W. M. Lauer and G. W. Lones, THISJ O U R N A L ,
methyl iodide (C. Zatti and A. Ferratini, B e y . , 93, 2302 (1890); G. 59, 232 (1937); G . Eglinton and hi. C. Whlting, J . Chem. SOC.,3052
Plancher, ibid., 31, 1488 (1898)). (1953).
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from aldehydes and the factors which determine the N-methylation is the principal result with the
course of the reaction are being investigated, in enamine of testosterone?
particular the effect Of StrLlCtUre O n the extent to (6) Prepared according to reference 2. A number of enamines are
which paths 1 and 11are followed. T h a t there is a known which show simple N-methylation on treatment with methyl-
iodide, cg., 1,6-dimethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyridine:A. Lipp, A n n . ,
fine balance between these two possibilities is 289, 216 (1896); neostrychnine, 0. Achmatowicz, G.R . Clemo, W. H.
by the fact that the enamine Of Perkin, Jr., and R . Robinson, J. Chem. SOC.,
787 (1932).
heptanone
whilegives no other
C-alkylation with 2-cyano-
methyl CHANDLER GILBERTSTORK
iodide, on the hand i t gives coLUMBIA
UNIVERSITY Ross TERRELL
ethvlcvcloheptanone with acnilonitrile. Dr. P. C. SEW YORK 27. N. Y. TACOB SZMUSZKOVICZ
Mikharji inAthis Laboratory- has also found that RECEIVED
MARCH17, 1954

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As the author points out there is as yet no adequate theory Chittenden, Hart, Osborne, Mendel and Underhill. Pro-
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