Acyl compounds

Ruiz-Lopez and J.

Acid anhydride

Metal acyls arise usually via insertion of carbon monoxide into metal— alkyl bonds. For this reason, nucleophilic acyl substitutions are also commonly referred to as acyl transfer reactions. This competition between inductive electron withdrawal and conjugative electron donation was discussed earlier in the context of substituent effects on electrophilic aromatic substitution. Kallies and R. The tetrahedral intermediate rapidly collapses: the carbon-oxygen double bond re-forms, and the acyl X group is expelled. Tomasi and M. Bear in mind that anhydrides may also be used as reagents in Friedel-Crafts acylation reactions.

One example, illustrating both types of catalysis, is shown here. In the following examples the IUPAC names are color coded, and common names are given in parentheses. A better and more general anhydride synthesis can be achieved from acyl chlorides, and amides are easily made from any of the more reactive derivatives.

Acyl chloride

Base catalyzed hydrolysis produces carboxylate salts. The negatively charged oxygen on the carboxylate group has lots of electron density to donate, thus the carbonyl carbon is not very electrophilic. Among the carboxylic acid derivatives, carboxylate groups are the least reactive towards nucleophilic acyl substitution, followed by amides, then esters and protonated carboxylic acids, thioesters, and finally acyl phosphates, which are the most reactive among the biologically relevant acyl groups. Also, a specific example of acyl chloride formation from the reaction of a carboxylic acid with thionyl chloride will be shown. Kallies and R. Clearly, the mechanism by which acylation reactions occur must be different from the SN1 and SN2 procedures described earlier. For example, in the reaction below, one alcohol X group 3-methylbutanol is replaced by another alcohol X group methanol , as one ester is converted to another. In homogeneous solvent systems, reaction of acyl chlorides with water occurs rapidly, and does not require heating or catalysts. The high reactivity of acyl phosphates is due mainly to the ability to form complexes with magnesium ions. The different reactivities of the functional groups can be understood by evaluating the basicity of the leaving group in each case - remember from section 8. An interesting exception to the low reactivity of amides is found in beta-lactams such as penicillin G. The last example demonstrates that nitrogen is generally more nucleophilic than oxygen. Mechanisms of Ester Cleavage Esters are one of the most common carboxylic derivatives. The strongest resonance effect occurs in amides, which exhibit substantial carbon-nitrogen double bond character and are the least reactive of the derivatives. In our examination of acyl substitution reactions, we will start with the formation and reactions of the highly reactive acyl phosphates.

They readily dimerise to form enediols. IUPAC nomenclature is recommended[ by whom? Cyclic amides are called lactams.

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The different reactivities of the functional groups can be understood by evaluating the basicity of the leaving group in each case - remember from section 8.

Also, a specific example of acyl chloride formation from the reaction of a carboxylic acid with thionyl chloride will be shown.

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Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reactions