Corey-Nicolaou Macrolactonization

Corey-Nicolaou Macrolactonization

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  • General Characteristics

The macrolactonization reaction using 2,2’-dipyridyldisulfide and triphenylphosphine is known as the Corey-Nicolaou reaction. The cyclization step usually requires a high temperature. The addition of silver salts (e.g. AgBF4) for the activation of the pyridylthioester was later found to accelerate the reaction dramatically.

  • General References

・Corey, E. J.; Nicolaou, K. C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1974, 96, 5614. DOI: 10.1021/ja00824a073
・Corey, E. J.; Nicolaou, K .C.; Melvin, L. S., Jr. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1975, 97, 653. DOI: 10.1021/ja00836a036
・Modification: Gerlach, H.; Thalmann, A. Helv. Chim. Acta 1974, 57, 2661.

  • Reaction Mechanism

acid-a2[1]

  • Examples

 The synthesis of zearalenone.[1]

corey_macrolactone_2[1]

  • Experimental Procedure

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  • References

[1] Corey, E. J.; Nicolaou, K. C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1974, 96, 5614. DOI: 10.1021/ja00824a073

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