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Synthesis of 2-Alkylidenepyrrolidines, Pyrroles, and Indoles by Condensation of Silyl Enol Ethers and 1,3-Bis-Silyl Enol Ethers with 1-Azido-2,2-dimethoxyethane and Subsequent Reductive Cyclization

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posted on 10.06.2005, 00:00 by Esen Bellur, Helmar Görls, Peter Langer
The condensation of 1,3-bis-silyl enol ethers with 1-azido-2,2-dimethoxyethane and subsequent reductive cyclization allowed an efficient regio- and diastereoselective synthesis of a variety of 2-alkylidene-4-methoxypyrrolidines. The thermal elimination of methanol resulted in the formation of functionalized pyrroles. Similarly, 2,3,3a,4,5,6-hexahydro-2,3-benzopyrroles were prepared and transformed into 4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-2,3-benzopyrroles. In contrast, treatment of 2-alkylidenepyrrolidines with trifluoroacetic acid resulted in formation of indoles by [4 + 2] cycloaddition and subsequent extrusion of a nitrogen atom.