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Carbohydr Res. 2003 May 1;338(10):1121-5.

An unusual course of thioglycoside activation with bromine: synthesis and crystal structure of 4-O-acetyl-2-bromo-2,3,6-trideoxy-3-C-methyl-3-trifluroacetamido-alpha-L-altropyranosyl bromide.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Villanova University, PA 19085, USA.


Bromine activation of phenyl 4-O-acetyl-2,3,6-trideoxy-3-C-methyl-3-trifluoroacetamido-1-thio-alpha,beta-L-ribo-hexopyranoside and attempted coupling with an acceptor in the presence of silver silicate gave an unusual bicyclic product, 2-trifluoromethyl-(4-O-acetyl-2-bromo-2,3,6-trideoxy-3-C-methyl-alpha-L-altrohexopyrano)-[3,2,1-d,e]-2-oxazine, instead of the expected disaccharide. Detailed investigation supported by X-ray crystallographic analysis showed that a trans dibromide is an intermediate in this reaction and that the dibromide is likely formed from a glycal that is generated by elimination during the coupling step.

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