A Scalable Protocol for the Regioselective Alkylation of 2-Methylcyclohexane-1,3-dione with Unactivated sp3 Electrophiles

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A method for the C-selective alkylation of 2-methylcyclohexane-1,3-dione with unactivated sp3 electrophiles is accomplished via alkylation and subsequent deprotection of the derived ketodimethyl hydrazones. The present method provides a high-yielding entry to dialkyl cycloalkanones that cannot be accessed via direct alkylation of 2-methylcyclohexane-1,3-dione. The title reaction may be useful in the scalable preparation of terpene and steroidal building blocks in the arena of natural product synthesis.
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