The homologous nitrile 13 derived from L-tryptophan undergoes a modified Pictet-Spengler reaction with methyl propynoate, under conditions of kinetic control, to afford the cis-tetrahydro-ß-carboline 15a (cis:trans = 77:23). After protection, Dieckmann-Thorpe cyclisation to the bridged keto nitrile 20 proceeds in 90% yield. Simple functional group modifications via the alcohol 21a and nitrile 22 (structures confirmed by X-ray crystallography) allow convergence with the tetracyclic a,ß-unsaturated aldehyde 10, which is an advanced intermediate for the synthesis of a range of bridged indole alkaloids.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 1997|