A series of structurally diverse unsaturated sugar-derived lactones has been prepared. α,β-Butenolides were introduced to the sugar moiety starting from epoxides, while α-methylene-γ-lactones were constructed from a carbonyl precursor, either an aldehyde, a ketone or a lactone. In the last case, an unprecedented Reformatsky-type reaction has been developed. © 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
|Publication status||Published - 21 May 2001|