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Quantum Chemical Characterization of the Cyclization of the Neocarzinostatin Chromophore to the 1,5-Didehydroindene Biradical

Cramer, C. J.; Squires, R. R.
Org. Lett. 1999, 1, 215.

Quantum mechanical calculations have been carried out for the cyclization of the neocarzinostatin chromophore cyclonona-1,2,3,7-tetraen-5-yne to 1,5-didehydroindene. The 298 K reaction activation enthalpy, exothermicity, and singlet-triplet splitting (H0) of the product biradical are predicted to be 17.8, 1.2, and -6.4 kcal/mol, respectively, at levels of theory showing near quantitative agreement with experiment for the analogous cyclizations of hex-3-en-1,5-diyne and hepta-1,2,4-trien-6-yne. Factors controlling differences in the Myers-Saito cyclization compared to the Bergman cyclization are analyzed.

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