Synthesis of enantiomerically enriched (R)-C-labelled 2-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) by conformational memory in the alkylation of a derivative of L-alanine.
- The method of Kouklovsky and coworkers for the enantioselective alkylation of cyclic N-naphthoyl derivatives of amino acids was used to introduce a (13)C label into one of the two enantiotopic methyl groups of 2-aminoisobutyric acid (Aib) by retentive alkylation of L-alanine with (13)CH(3)I. Conditions were identified for optimization of yield and enantiomeric purity, and the absolute configuration of the labelled product was established.
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