Amino Acids

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Synthesis of α/β dipeptides containing linear or cyclic α-dehydro-β-amino acids as scaffolds for bioactive compounds

  • Lucia FerrazzanoEmail author
  • Dario Corbisiero
  • Roberto Greco
  • Eleonora Potenza
  • Giulia De Seriis
  • Andrea Garelli
  • Alessandra Tolomelli
Original Article


The synthesis of α/β dipeptides containing linear or cyclic α-dehydro-β-amino acids has been performed starting from alkylidene acetacetamides, which were obtained from α-amino esters via Ir-catalyzed allylic amination. Differently hindered carbonates were synthesized via a protocol involving chemoselective Luche’s reduction, acylation, and allylic amination. Depending on the nature of the selected α-amino acid, we observed strong influence on the product regiochemistry due to the carbonate size and the amino-acid side chain. In particular, complete regioselectivity was observed in the aminic allylation of carbonates deriving from amino acids possessing a methylene unit in β-position. On the contrary, methyl carbonates deriving from β-branched amino acid afforded different results depending on the hindrance of the carbonate. Moreover, spontaneous cyclization was observed for carbamate-containing intermediates, allowing to obtain peptidomimetic polyfunctionalized dihydropyrimidine-2,4-dione. Finally, by inverting the order of reduction/acylation steps on the starting alkylidene acetoacetamides, the formation of polyfunctionalized 1,3-oxazinane-2,4-dione was obtained demonstrating the wide applications of these substrates for the preparation of bioactive peptidomimetics.


α/β dipeptides Allylic amination Steric hindrance Alkylidene acetacetamides Cyclic scaffolds 



This study has been carried out with the fundamental contribution of MIUR (PRIN project 2015) and University of Bologna.

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There are no conflicts to declare. Any research involving human participants and/or animals has been reported in this work, so any informed consent was required.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”University of BolognaBolognaItaly

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