A reagent for the efficient cleavage of N-benzoylhomoserine lactones: Access to α-(2-phenylseleno)ethyl amino acids

Michelle L. Pedersen, David B. Berkowitz

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Upon heating diphenyl diselenide and sodium trimethoxyborohydride (1:2) in DMF to 60°C, a reagent is produced which efficiently cleaves α-substituted N-benzoylhomoserine lactones to the corresponding α-(2-phenylseleno)ethyl amino acids without competing lactone reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7315-7318
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number48
StatePublished - Nov 24 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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