Synthesis of morphine fragments spiro[benzofuran-3(2H),4'-piperidine] and octahydro-1H-benzofuro[3,2-e]isoquinoline by intramolecular heck reaction

Chen Yu Cheng, Jing Ping Liou, Mei Jing Lee

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As a better alternative to radical cyclization, 5-(2-bromo-6-methoxyphenoxy)-2-methyl-1 ,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydroisoquinoline (2) and its 1-oxo analog 3 underwent Pd-catalyzed intramolecular cyclization to give the tetracyclic (ACNO) morphine fragments 5 and 6 respectively. 4-[(2'-Iodo-6'-methoxyphenoxy)methyl]-1-ethoxycarbonyl-1,2,5,6, -tetrahydropyridine (11) reacted similarly to provide the tricyclic ANO fragment 12 in 70% yield and 45% e.e. when a Pd-(S)-BINAP complex was used as the catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4571-4574
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 1997
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery

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