Chemoselective sequential click ligations directed by enhanced reactivity of an aromatic ynamine

Marine Z. C. Hatit, Joanna C. Sadler, Liam A. McLean, Benjamin C. Whitehurst, Ciaran P. Seath, Luke D. Humphreys, Robert J. Young, Allan J. B. Watson, Glenn A. Burley

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Aromatic ynamines or N-alkynylheteroarenes are highly reactive alkyne components in Cu-catalyzed Huisgen [3 +2] cycloaddition (“click”) reactions. This enhanced reactivity enables the chemoselective formation of 1,4-triazoles using the representative aromatic ynamine N-ethynylbenzimidazole in the presence of a competing aliphatic alkyne substrate. The unique chemoselectivity profile of N-ethynylbenzimidazole is further demonstrated by the sequential click ligation of a series of highly functionalized azides using a heterobifunctional diyne, dispelling the need for alkyne protecting groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1694-1697
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number7
Early online date22 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016



  • N-Alkynylheteroarenes
  • N-ethynylbenzimidazole
  • sequential click ligation

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