Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 52, no. 39, pp. 5039-5042
An efficient and regioselective introduction method of 2-methylpyridines to the secondary position of Baylis-Hillman adducts has been developed. A base treatment of 2-methylpyridinium salt of Baylis-Hillman bromide generated N-allylenamine intermediate which underwent a facile 3-aza-Cope rearrangement under mild conditions to produce the product.