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Gold(I)-Catalyzed Ring Expansions of Unactivated Alkynylcyclopropanes to (E)-2-Alkylidenecyclobutanamines in the Presence of Sulfonamides

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posted on 19.02.2010, 00:00 by Siyu Ye, Zhi-Xiang Yu
The ring expansion of cyclopropane derivatives provides a powerful method to construct synthetically useful four-membered carbocycles. Herein, a new type of gold(I)-catalyzed ring expansion of an unactivated alkynylcyclopropane/sulfonamide trapping strategy to (E)-2-alkylidenecyclobutanamines was described. The reaction tolerates a range of aryl and alkyl substituents with moderate to good yields.