Functionalisation of the uracil ring via palladium-catalysed aminocarbonylation

László Kollár, Márta Georgina Varga, Ágnes Dörnyei, Attila Takács

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Iodouracil derivatives (5-iodouracil, 5-iodo-1,3-dimethyluracil) were aminocarbonylated using a set of primary and secondary amines in the presence of in situ palladium(0) catalysts. The formation of carboxamides via single CO insertion was favoured at atmospheric CO pressure. The chemoselectivity toward double CO insertion can be increased by using 40 bar of CO pressure, in this way up to 60% selectivity toward 2-ketocarboxamide was achieved. In the case of 5-iodouracil the corresponding 5-glyoxylamido-uracil derivatives were exclusively formed at 40 bar CO pressure. The only exception is the less basic aniline nucleophile which provided the corresponding carboxamide exclusively. A typical side-reaction took place when 5-iodouracil was used as substrate: this heterocycle, existing in lactam-lactim tautomeric forms, underwent deiodination providing the parent uracil as side-product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4632-4639
Number of pages8
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Aug 16 2019



  • Carbon monoxide
  • Carbonylation
  • Carboxamide
  • Palladium
  • Uracil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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