Phenylsulfenyl chloride reacts with racemic endo Diels-Alder adduct 4 (DEC ) CONEt2) to afford lactone 8, which can be reduced and protected in a series of high-yielding steps. Key sulfone 10 can be ring opened under strong base conditions to afford vinyl sulfone 11. Attempted desulfonation resulted in the formation of a monofluoroalkene, but a direct desulfonation/eliminative ring opening with strain relief delivered highly functionalized monocyclic species 16.
- strain relief
- ring opening