Enantioselective synthesis of polycyclic nitrogen heterocycles by Rh-catalyzed alkene hydroacylation: constructing six-membered rings in the absence of chelation assistance

Organic Letters
Xiang-Wei DuLevi M Stanley


Catalytic, enantioselective hydroacylations of N-allylindole-2-carboxaldehydes and N-allylpyrrole-2-carboxaldehydes are reported. In contrast to many alkene hydroacylations that form six-membered rings, these annulative processes occur in the absence of ancillary functionality to stabilize the acylrhodium(III) hydride intermediate. The intramolecular hydroacylation reactions generate 7,8-dihydropyrido[1,2-a]indol-9(6H)ones and 6,7-dihydroindolizin-8(5H)-ones in moderate to high yields with excellent enantioselectivities.


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