Lewis acid promoted endocyclic cleavage of glycosides and related acetals

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This thesis is a summary of five papers concerning endocyclic cleavage of glycosides and related acetals. Simple lactol ethers undergo endocyclic cleavage to give acyclic chain extended products on treatment with organoaluminium and organotitanium reagents. The first examples where organotitanium reagents induced alkylative endocyclic cleavage of carbohydrates is presented. The best conditions for the alkylative transfer of a methyl group to benzyl 2-deoxy-2-C-methyl-4-O-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)-a-D-arabinopyranoside were the application of one equivalent of AlMe3 followed by four equivalents of MeTiCl3 generated by mixing TiCl4 and ZnMe2 2:1, or alternatively, treatment with two equivalents of a mixture of Me2TiCl2 and ZnMe2 1:1. Both yield and diastereoselectivities were comparable with those of the reaction with AlMe3 but titanium reagents were more reactive and could be applied at much lower temperatures than aluminium. A number of pentopyranosides were treated with Me3Al in order to investigate the influence of structural parameters on the methyl group transfer in the endocyclic cleavage reaction of these substrates. Semiempirical and quantum chemical computations indicate that the intermediate formed prior to the selectivity-determing methyl transfer step in the reaction between glycosides and trimethyl aluminium is a strongly hydrogen bonded intermediate wich is proposed to be an important selectivity promoting factor in the alkyl transfer. Combination of Lewis acids and nucleophilic reagents triggered endocyclic cleavage of the furanosidic ring of methyl furanosides resulting in the attachment of the nucleophilic group at C-1 of the carbohydrate. The stereoselectivity in the C-C bond forming step was low for the 2-deoxy furanosides but very high (dr 1:99) for the furanosides carrying a methoxy group in the 2-position when a combination of TiCl4 and ZnMe2 was used. Different selectivities were obtained with ZnMe2 as compared to Me3Al. Reagents based on several organometallic reagents Al, Si, Ti, and Zn in combination with TiCl4. Stereoselective allylation of benzyl pentopyranosides, employing a combination of AlEt2Cl and allyl or crotyl stannane giving a C-7 segment of halichomycin, were investigated.


  • Roger Olsson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Organic Chemistry


  • halichomycin, allylation, carbene, hydrogen bond, organozinc, organotitanium, furanosides, organoaluminium, pyranosides, glycosides, stereoselective, endocyclic cleavage, nucleophilic ring opening, ab initio, Organic chemistry, Organisk kemi
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • [unknown], [unknown], Supervisor, External person
Award date1998 Jan 16
  • Organic Chemistry, Lund University
Print ISBNs91-628-2763-4
StatePublished - 1997
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 1998-01-16 Time: 10:15 Place: Chemical Center External reviewer(s) Name: Oscarson, Stefan Title: [unknown] Affiliation: [unknown] --- The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)