Type-Two Intramolecular Diels−Alder Reactions of Pyrazolo-o-quinodimethanes

Two isomeric series of homologous N-(acryloyloxy)alkylated pyrazolo-3-sulfolenes 10ac and 18ac have been efficiently synthesized from a common starting material, 4,6-dihydro-1H-thieno[3,4-c]pyrazole (5). Thermolysis of these fused 3-sulfolenes provides the corresponding o-quinodimethanes which simultaneously undergo “type-two” intramolecular Diels−Alder reactions to form two- and three-atom-bridged tricyclic pyrazoles which are otherwise difficult to prepare. It was also demostrated that, depending on the N-substitution position of the pyrazolo-fused 3-sulfolenes, the temperature required for the thermal extrusion of SO2 and the regioselectivity of the T2-IMDA reactions were influenced substantially.