Procedures are described for the attempted conversion of the pyrrolidine (2) into a bicyclic system that would ultimately lead to retronecine (3). The only molecule to be isolated from these attempts was the epimeric ketone (6), and AM1 and MM2 calculations were used to probe this apparently favoured isomerization. Alternative procedures were then investigated that sought to convert the pyrrolidine (1) into precursors to retronecine, and notable successes were obtained with the addition of the amine (21) to both nitroethene and ethyl 2-diethylphosphonoscrylate. However, not only were these precursors resistant to further transformations into retronecine, but also the problem of epimerization again arose. Consequently, AM1 calculations were again employed, and an X-ray structure determination of ethyl (7R,8R)-7-benzyloxy-1-benzyloxymethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-3H-pyrrolizine-2-carboxylate (39) is reported. Attempts to convert (39) into a diastereoisomer of retronecine were unsuccessful.
|Journal||Australian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|