Synthesis of 3-chloro-Δ3-cephem-4-carboxylate by addition/cyclization of allenecarboxylate. Copper(II)-promoted aerobic oxidation of arenesulfinic acids

Hideo Tanaka, Ryo Kikuchi, Sigeru Torii

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The selective transformation of allenecarboxylate derived from penicillin into 3-chloro-Δ3-cephem-4-carboxylate was successfully achieved by an addition/cyclization reaction with chloride salts in aerobic media containing a copper(II) catalyst, in which copper(II)-catalyzed aerobic oxidation of in situ generated benzenesulfinate ion into less nucleophilic sulfonate ion prior to the nucleophilic addition of the former ion to the allenecarboxylate would completely eliminate the formation of undesired 3-phenylsulfonyl-Δ3-cephem-4-carboxylate. Under similar aerobic conditions, arenesulfinates salts and arenesulfinic acids were smoothly oxidized to the corresponding sulfonate salts and sulfonic acids, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1391-1396
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1996


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