Phase-transfer-catalysed synthesis of pyrroloindolines and pyridoindolines by a hydrogen-bond-assisted isocyanide cyclization cascade

Peter C. Knipe, Matija Gredičak, Artiom Cernijenko, Robert S. Paton, Martin D. Smith

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Abstract

A cascade reaction that generates pyrrolo- and pyridoindoline motifs from isocyanide precursors under phase-transfer conditions is described. This transformation proceeds at room temperature in the presence of a quaternary ammonium catalyst and base to generate functionalized products containing an all-carbon quaternary stereocentre. Quantum chemical calculations demonstrated that intramolecular general acid catalysis plays a key accelerating role through stabilization of developing charge in the transition state, and that the reaction is best described as a 5-endo dig cyclization, rather than an anionic 6π electrocyclization. Investigations employing chiral phase-transfer catalysts have given promising selectivities to date.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3005-3009
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume20
Issue number11
Early online date12 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cascade reactions
  • density functional calculations
  • heterocycles
  • hydrogen bonds
  • isocyanides
  • phase-transfer catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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