Title

C-H-Deprotonation Mediated by a Remote syn-Axial Acetoxy group – An unprecedented Double Bond Formation upon Cyanation of the Dimer from L-Fucal

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Carbohydrate Research

Department

Chemistry

ISSN

0008-6215

Volume

338

Issue

9

DOI

10.1016/S0008-6215(03)00048-X

First Page

851

Last Page

854

Publication Date

4-22-2003

Abstract

Replacement of the anomeric acetate by a cyanide group in the dimer of di-O-acetyl-l-fucal by the action of mild Lewis acid [Hg(CN)2HgBr2Me3SiCN], resulted not only in the desired transformation but also in the introduction of an additional double bond between C-2A and C-3A. Due to its configuration, the remote C-4A acetoxy group may facilitate the deprotonation by functioning as an internal base. 1H NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography indicate that the conformations of both rings A and B and their relative orientation in the resulting C-linked disaccharidic glycosyl cyanide, 4-O-acetyl-2-C-(4-O-acetyl-2,3-dideoxy-α-l-threo-hex-2-enopyranosyl)-2,3-dideoxy-2-eno-α-l-fucopyranosyl cyanide, in solution are virtually identical to the crystal structure.