Synthesis of substituted oxo-azepines by regio - and diastereoselective hydroxylation

Harold Spedding, Peter Karuso, Fei Liu*

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Substituted seven-membered N-heterocycles are prevalent bioactive epitopes and useful synthons for preparing enzyme inhibitors or molecular recognition systems. To fully exploit the chemical properties of this flexible N-heterocycle scaffold, efficient methods for its diverse functionalization are required. Here we utilize the late-stage oxidation of tetrahydroazepines as an approach to access densely functionalized oxo-azepines in a total of 8 steps and ~30% overall yield from commercially available starting materials. Hydroboration of tetrahydroazepines proceeded with diastereoselectivity in a substrate-dependent manner to yield regioisomeric azepanols before their oxidation to the corresponding oxo-azepines. Regioselectivity of the hydroboration step may be improved moderately by a rhodium catalyst, albeit with loss of conversion to a competing hydrogenation pathway. Overall our method allows efficient access to azepanols and oxo-azepines as versatile epitopes and synthons with a high degree of diastereoselectivity and moderate regioselectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1871
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


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  • Azepines
  • DFT
  • Diastereoselectivity
  • Hydroboration
  • Oxo-Azepines

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