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Pure Appl. Chem., 2005, Vol. 77, No. 12, pp. 2047-2052

Recent progress in Lewis acid-Lewis base bifunctional asymmetric catalysis

Motomu Kanai1,2, Nobuki Kato2, Eiko Ichikawa2 and Masakatsu Shibasaki1

1 Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
2 PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

Abstract: Two enantioselective cyanation reactions, the Strecker reaction of ketoimines and the Reissert reaction of pyridine derivatives, promoted by Lewis acid-Lewis base bifunctional asymmetric catalysts are described.