Acid catalysis in glycosylations with 1-hydroxy glycosyl donors has traditionally employed the Fischer glycosylation procedure or variants thereof in which simple glycosyl acceptors are employed in vast excess. Within the last several years, a series
of dehydrative glycosylations using Lewis acid catalysts in the presence of a des-iccant has been reported, employing equimolar or only slight excesses of various nucleophilic acceptors (Scheme 16, Table 1).
Inanaga and coworkers reported the use of the catalyst combination of Yb(OTf)3 and methoxyacetic acid (0.1 equiv of each) employing only 1.2 equiv of the glycosyl acceptor (Table 1, entries 1-3) . Anomeric mixtures were obtained with pyranose donors, while the ribofuranose donor 77 afforded high ^-selectivities.
Scheme 16 Dehydrative glycosylations via Lewis acid catalysis: Selected coupling partners [55-60].
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