The Diels-Alder reactions of the ortho-quinodimethane (o-QDM) thermally generated from 2,4- diphenylciclobutapyrimidine with the dienophiles diethyl maleate, diethyl fumarate and dimethyl acetylenedicarboxylate have been investigated. The reaction afforded 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinazoline and quinazoline derivatives. While diethyl maleate formed a mixture of cis- and trans-adducts, diethyl fumarate gave only the trans-adduct. The reaction with methyl acetylenedicarboxylate formed a mixture of 5,8- dihydroquinazoline and quinazoline derivatives.
Keywords: Pyrimidine ortho-quinodimethanes, diels-alder reaction, tetrahydroquinazolines, quinazolines
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