A novel cascade reaction of indole-2,3-epoxide equivalents with γ-carbolines by utilizing a double "open and shut" transformation to access multiheterocyclic compounds containing both isotryptamines and pyrimido[1,6-a]indoles has been developed. This strategy utilizes the in situ formation of a bulky quaternary ammonium salt via ammonium exchange, which undergoes Hofmann elimination/vinylogous Mannich/retro-Mannich/cyclization cascade sequences.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry