Received 19 August 2013
In the title compound, C13H15NO3, the pyrrolidine ring makes a dihedral angle of 4.69 (9)° with the 3-methoxy-phenyl ring. In the crystal, hydrogen-bonded chains running along  are generated by connecting neighbouring molecules via C-HO hydrogen bonds. Parallel chains are linked by further C-HO hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional structure.
For the bioactivity of pyrrolidine-2,5-dione derivatives, see: Obniska et al. (2012); Ha et al. (2011); Kaminski et al. (2011). For related structures, see: Khorasani & Fernandes (2012); Mayes et al. (2008).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2008); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2008); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: ORTEP-3 for Windows (Farrugia, 2012); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXL97 and PLATON (Spek, 2009).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: SU2640 ).
We are grateful to Dr C. R. Ramanathan, Department of Chemistry, Pondicherry University for support of this research. The authors thank the TBI X-ray facility, CAS in Crystallography and Biophysics, University of Madras, India, for the data collection. ZF and DV acknowledge the UGC (SAP-CAS) for departmental facilities. ZF also thanks the UGC for a meritorious fellowship.
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