A dual pathway from readily available 2-allyl-2-carboethoxycycloalkanones 1 provides a new facile stereoselective synthesis either of functionalized spiro ketolactones 4 or of ring enlarged lactones 7 in one-step. Thus, iodination of 5-8-membered 2-allyl-2-carboethoxycycloalkanones 1a-d led, in excellent yields, to spiro ketolactones 4a-d, respectively, as single stereoisomers. On the other hand, iodination of 1a-d under alkoxy radical fragmentation conditions via incipient hemiketals produced the 8-, 9-, 10-, or 11-membered, three-atom ring enlarged, poly-functionalized lactones 7a-c as two stereoisomers and 8 as a single isomer.
- Radical fragmentation
- Ring enlargement