Organic Chemistry

A Single-Step Asymmetric Phosphodiester Synthesis from Alcohols with Phosphoenolpyruvate Phosphodiester

Kenzo Yamatsugu The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Phosphodiester are important structural motifs observed in a diverse field of molecular science. It is, thus, important to develop a simple and robust way to synthesize them from corresponding alcohols. Here we report a single-step asymmetric phosphodiester synthesis from alcohols with phosphoenolpyruvate phosphodiesters as phosphoryl donors. This transformation allows for the use of various functionalized alcohols as substrates, and would be useful for diverse fields including biology and medicine.


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