Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.142, No.8, 3762-3774, 2020
Alkyne Linchpin Strategy for Drug:Pharmacophore Conjugation: Experimental and Computational Realization of a Meta-Selective Inverse Sonogashira Coupling
The late-stage functionalization (LSF) of pharmaceutical and agrochemical compounds by the site-selective activation of C-H bonds provides access to diverse structural analogs and expands synthetically-accessible chemical space. We report a C-H functionalization LSF strategy that hinges on the use of an alkyne linchpin to assemble conjugates of sp(2)-rich marketed pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals with sp(3)-rich 3D fragments and natural products. This is accomplished through a template-assisted inverse Sonogashira reaction that displays high levels of selectivity for the meta position. This protocol is also amenable to distal structural modifications of alpha-amino acids. The transformation of alkyne functionality to other functional groups further highlights the applicative potential. Computational and experimental mechanistic studies shed light on the detailed mechanism. Turnover-limiting 1,2-migratory insertion of the bromoalkyne coupling partner occurs after relatively fast C-H activation. While this insertion occurs unselectively, regioconvergence results from one of the adducts undergoing a 1,2-trialkylsilyl migration to form the alkynylated product. A heterobimetallic Pd-Ag transition structure is essential for product formation in the beta-bromide elimination step.