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Correspondence: Albert Padwa; Phone: 404-727-0283; Fax: 404-727-6629; Email: chemap@emory.edu

Acknowledgments: Dedicated to Csaba Szántay on the occasion of his 80th birthday and for his many contributions to the field of alkaloid chemistry.


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We greatly appreciate the financial support provided by the National Institutes of Health (GM 059384) and the National Science Foundation (Grant CHE-0450779).


  • α-diazo dihydroindolinones
  • rhodium(II)
  • synthesis
  • carbenoid
  • intramolecular
  • dipolar cycloaddition
  • azapentacycles

The Rhodium(II) Carbenoid Cyclization-Cycloaddition Cascade of α-Diazo Dihydroindolinones for the Synthesis of Novel Azapolycyclic Ring Systems


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Volume 64, Number 6


, Pages 988-1001

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Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


Tandem carbonyl ylide formation-1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of α-diazo N-acetyl-tetrahydro-β-carbolin-1-one derivatives occur efficiently in the presence of a dirhodium catalyst to afford bimolecular cycloadducts in high yield. The Rh(II)-catalyzed reaction also takes place intramolecularly to give products derived from trapping of the carbonyl ylide dipole with a tethered alkene. The power of the intramolecular cascade sequence is that it rapidly assembles a pentacyclic ring system containing three new stereocenters and two adjacent quaternary centers stereospecifically in a single step and in high yield.

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