Synthesis of 3-exo-aroylhexahydroindoles via sequential gold(I)-catalyzed claisen-type rearrangement-epimerization reactions of cis -4-[ N -Tosyl- N -(3-arylprop-2-ynyl)amino]cyclohex-2-en-1-ols

Chia Jung Liang, Xuan Yi Jiang, Ming Chang P Yeh

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A two-step process for the synthesis of 3-exo-aroylhexahydroindoles is described. cis-4-[N-Tosyl-N-(3-arylprop-2-ynyl)amino]cyclohex-2-en-1-ols were cycloisomerized with a catalytic amount of chloro(triphenylphosphine)gold(I)/ silver(I) hexafluoroantimonate (AuPPh3Cl/AgSbF6); subsequent base treatment of the crude mixture provided 3-exo- aroylhexahydroindoles in good yields and complete stereoselectivity. A key step involving a 9-endo-dig attack of the hydroxyl group onto the gold-activated alkyne is proposed. The resulting allyl vinyl ether intermediate underwent a gold-assisted [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement to form 3-exo-3- aroylhexahydroindole derivatives.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberss-2014-f0190-op
Pages (from-to)2220-2224
Number of pages5
JournalSynthesis (Germany)
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • alcohols
  • alkynes
  • cyclization
  • ethers
  • indoles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Catalysis

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