Stereoselective synthesis of functionalized pyrrolidines by ruthenium porphyrin-catalyzed decomposition of alpha-diazo esters and cascade azomethine ylide formation/1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions

Org Lett. 2003 Jun 12;5(12):2153-6. doi: 10.1021/ol034614v.


[reaction: see text] Ruthenium porphyrins catalyze three-component coupling reaction of alpha-diazo esters with a series of N-benzylidene imines and alkenes to form functionalized pyrrolidines in excellent diastereoselectivities. The reaction proceeds via a reactive ruthenium-carbene intermediate and its subsequent reaction with imine to generate azomethine ylide, which reacts with alkenes via 1,3-diploar cycloaddition.