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Rearrangements of cyclobutenones. Electrocyclic ring closure and thermal ring expansions of 3-allenyl- and 3-alkynyl-2-dienyl-4,4-dimethoxycyclobutenones



Rearrangements of cyclobutenones. Electrocyclic ring closure and thermal ring expansions of 3-allenyl- and 3-alkynyl-2-dienyl-4,4-dimethoxycyclobutenones



Journal of Organic Chemistry 67(4): 1388-1391



Thermal rearrangements of 2-allenyl- and 2-alkynyl-3-(2-ethenylphenyl)-4,4-dimethoxycyclobutenones were studied. At ambient temperature, the allenyl compounds undergo an electrocyclic cascade to give bicyclo[4.2.0]octadienyl-fused cyclobutenones. These unusual tetracyclic cyclobutenones were shown to be viable synthetic precursors to benzo[a]anthracene-7,12-diones, compounds representing the framework of the angucycline group of naturally occurring antibiotics. In contrast, the 2-alkynylcyclobutenones are stable at ambient temperature but undergo a facile rearrangement at 110 degrees C (toluene) to give the previously unknown naphthalene derivatives, 1,2-dihydro-2,2-dimethoxy-1-(3-alkenylidene)naphtho[2,1-b]furans.

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