Abstract Alkylations of proline-based imidazolidinones are described based on the principle of self-regeneration of stereocenters (SRS), affording high levels of either the cis or trans configured products. Stereoselectivity is dictated solely on the nature of the 'temporary' group, where isobutyraldehyde-derived imidazolidinones provide the cis configured products and 1-naphthaldehyde-derived imidazolidinones afford the complementary trans configured products. These stereodivergent products can be readily cleaved to afford both α-alkylated proline enantiomers from readily available l-proline. A series of imidazolidinones were alkylated to investigate the origin of the anti-selectivity. Potential contributions toward the observed anti-selectivity are discussed on the basis of these experiments, suggesting a refined hypothesis for selectivity may be in order.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry
- Self-regeneration of stereochemistry
- α-Quaternary amino amides