A B2(OH)4‑Mediated Synthesis of 2‑Substituted Indazolone and Its Application in a DNA-Encoded Library

Indazolone cores are among the most common structural components in medicinal chemistry and can be found in many biologically active molecules. In this report, a mild and efficient approach to 2-substituted indazolones via B2(OH)4-mediated reductive NN bond formation is developed. This strategy features mild conditions, no request for a metal catalyst, and a wide scope for both aliphatic and aromatic amines. Meanwhile, this method was further successfully applied on DNA to construct indazolone cores for a DNA-encoded library. This will enable the production of a very attractive indazolone-cored library from simple amines and scaffolds, which will provide considerable diversity.