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See detailSynthesis of Castanospermine and Epimers by Metathesis Routes
Dragutan, Ileana; Dragutan, Valerian; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Current Organic Chemistry (2013), 17(22), 2719-2737

This article provides a fairly comprehensive overview on olefin metathesis reactions applied as pivotal steps in the total syntheses of indolizidine alkaloids belonging to the families of castanospermine ... [more ▼]

This article provides a fairly comprehensive overview on olefin metathesis reactions applied as pivotal steps in the total syntheses of indolizidine alkaloids belonging to the families of castanospermine, deoxycastanospermine and diastereomers thereof, natural or non-natural compounds that play multiple roles in biological processes. A well-balanced mixture of topics is proposed, covering most relevant traits of their biological activity, therapeutic applications, and structural similarities to, or differences from, other established iminosugar drugs. While mainly focussing on a critical discussion of the metathesis-based processes (RCM, CM, RRM), their promoters and conditions, their advantages and limitations, also shown is how metathesis has contributed to more efficient and shorter protocols for accessing this important class of antiviral, antitumor, antimetastatic, anti-inflammatory and immunoregulating agents. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the Influence of Pure Ionic Liquids on the Lipase-catalyzed (Trans)esterification of Mannose Based on their Anion and Cation Nature
Galonde, Nadine ULg; Nott, Katherine ULg; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in Current Organic Chemistry (2013), 17(7), 763-770

A screening of nine ionic liquids (ILs) has been carried out in order to study the influence of the anion's and cation's nature and structure on the synthesis of mannosyl myristate by (trans ... [more ▼]

A screening of nine ionic liquids (ILs) has been carried out in order to study the influence of the anion's and cation's nature and structure on the synthesis of mannosyl myristate by (trans)esterification catalyzed by Novozym® 435. The best ILs in terms of yield (η) and initial rate (v0) are those based on the TFO- anion. The 24h yield (24h-η) reached 64.9% in [Bmim][TFO] and 70.9% in [Bmpyrr][TFO] by transesterification while it reached 29.7% and 44.5% respectively in each IL by esterification. [Bmpyrr][TFO] based on the pyrrolidinium cation gave the best results although this cation has been rarely used for biocatalysis. This work has thus highlighted a cation that could be further studied in biocatalysis of glycosylated compounds. The study of the relationship between the structure of the ILs and the v0 and η for the biocatalysis of mannosyl myristate showed that the lipase effectiveness is influenced by the anions while the cations have an indirect influence on the interaction strength between Novozym® 435 and the anions. [less ▲]

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See detailEnabling Access to Diverse Bioactive Molecules Through Enyne Metathesis Concepts
Dragutan, Ileana; Dragutan, Valerian; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Current Organic Chemistry (2013), 17(22), 2678-2720

This paper surveys recent advances in valorization of transition-metal-catalyzed enyne metathesis as key events in the total synthesis of naturally occurring compounds of biological and medicinal ... [more ▼]

This paper surveys recent advances in valorization of transition-metal-catalyzed enyne metathesis as key events in the total synthesis of naturally occurring compounds of biological and medicinal importance. Special attention is devoted to methodologies based on dienyne ring-closing metathesis (RCM) applied in tandem and sequential processes, on relay ring-closing metathesis (RRCM), ring-rearrangement metathesis (RRM), enyne cross-metathesis (CM) and enyne skeletal bond reorganization, all proceeding under metalcarbenes (Ru or Mo alkylidenes) or metal-salts (Pd or Pt) catalysis. The high potential of these procedures in constructing versatile scaffolds as essential structural cores of a diversity of bioactive natural products is highlighted. Inventive functionalizations by non-metathesis transformations intervening in the total synthesis of the targeted natural compounds, prior to (Michael addition, Wittig olefination, allylation etc.) or after (Diels-Alder cycloaddion, Heck and Suzuki-Miyaura reactions, Dess-Martin oxidation, dihydroxylation, epoxidation etc.) the pivotal metathesis step have also been included. [less ▲]

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See detailSelected Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds Using Olefin Metathesis as a Key Step
Dassonneville, Benjamin ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Current Organic Chemistry (2013), 17(22), 2609-2653

Synthesis of biologically active compounds is of paramount importance to the biomedical sciences for the development of novel therapeutic agents. Such substances often feature various types of unique and ... [more ▼]

Synthesis of biologically active compounds is of paramount importance to the biomedical sciences for the development of novel therapeutic agents. Such substances often feature various types of unique and complex structures, which make them challenging targets for synthetic efforts. Their total synthesis offers the chance to implement the use of newly developed, efficient and highly selective synthetic procedures and/or strategies in a complex environment. In this respect, thanks to the development of increasingly efficient molybdenum and ruthenium catalysts, olefin metathesis is now an integral part of modern synthetic methods. This review article will highlight with selected examples from the recent literature assets and limitations of the olefin metathesis reaction in the synthesis of biologically active compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and application of new N-heterocyclic carbene ruthenium complexes in catalysis: A case study
Delaude, Lionel ULg; Demonceau, Albert ULg; Noels, Alfred ULg

in Current Organic Chemistry (2006), 10(2), 203-215

New imidazolium and imidazolinium salts were synthesized and their ability to act as stable N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand precursors was investigated in various ruthenium-catalyzed processes. Thus ... [more ▼]

New imidazolium and imidazolinium salts were synthesized and their ability to act as stable N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand precursors was investigated in various ruthenium-catalyzed processes. Thus, 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium chlorides bearing the phenyl, 1-naphthyl, 4-biphenyl, 3,5-dimethylphenyl, 2-tolyl, 2,6-dimethylphenyl, 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl (mesityl), and 2,6-diisopropylphenyl substituents were prepared. They were combined with the [RuCl2(p-cymene)](2) dimer and potassium tert-butoxide or sodium hydride to generate the corresponding ruthenium-arene complexes [RuCl2(p-cymene)(NHC)] in situ. The catalytic activity of all these species was investigated in the photoinduced ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of norbornene and cyclooctene. Results from this study showed that the C4-C5 double bond in the imidazole ring of the NHC ligands was not crucial to achieve high catalytic efficiencies. The presence or the absence of alkyl groups on the ortho positions of the phenyl rings had a more pronounced influence. Blocking all the ortho positions was a requisite for obtaining efficient catalysts. Failure to do so probably resulted in the ortho-metallation of the carbene ligand, thereby altering the coordination sphere of the ruthenium active centers. Catalytic screenings were also carried out with the various imidazol(in)ium salts to evaluate their ability at promoting the cyclopropanation of styrene and cyclooctene with ethyl diazoacetate. Under the experimental conditions adopted, the exact nature of the N,N'-diaryl groups had very little influence on the outcome of these reactions. The imidazolium salts were further probed as catalyst modifiers for the Atom Transfer Radical Addition (ATRA) of carbon tetrachloride to styrene. Some species displayed a dual activity and promoted both olefin metathesis and ATRA. [less ▲]

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