Chiral Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Enantioselective Formal [3+2] Cycloaddition of Azomethine Imines with Enecarbamates

Chemistry. 2016 Jun 6;22(24):8084-8. doi: 10.1002/chem.201601548. Epub 2016 May 2.


The first catalytic asymmetric inverse electron demand 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of azomethine imines with enecarbamates has been developed. Isoquinoline-fused pyrazolidines containing two or three contiguous stereogenic centers were obtained in high yields with excellent regio-, diastereo-, and enantioselectivities. The pyrazolidine ring can be opened to install an aminal, α-amino nitrile, or homoallylamine function with an excellent control of the newly generated stereogenic center. Access to aminobenzo[a]quinolizidine is also documented.

Keywords: azomethines; carbamates; cycloaddition; organocatalysis; tetrahydroisoquinolines.

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  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't