DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1589070
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Thiourea-Catalyzed Domino Michael–Mannich [3+2] Cycloadditions: A Strategy for the Asymmetric Synthesis of 3,3′-Pyrrolidinyl-dispirooxindoles

Ying Zhia, Kun Zhaoa, Carolina von Essenb, Kari Rissanenb, Dieter Enders*a
  • aInstitute of Organic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52074 Aachen, Germany   Email:
  • bDepartment of Chemistry, Nanoscience Center, University of Jyvaskyla, 40014 JYU, Finland
Financial support from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant 320493 ‘DOMINOCAT’) is gratefully acknowledged.
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Publication History

Received: 22 May 2017

Accepted after revision: 08 June 2017

Publication Date:
13 July 2017 (eFirst)

Dedicated to Professor Victor Snieckus on the occasion of his 80th birthday


The asymmetric synthesis of trifluoromethylated 3,3′-pyrrolidinyl-dispirooxindole derivatives with four contiguous stereogenic centers, including two vicinal spiro-stereocenters, is described. Employing a bifunctional thiourea catalyst, a domino Michael–Mannich [3+2] cycloaddition occurs readily between isatin ketimines and isatin-derived enoates with good yields and very high stereoselectivities, providing a direct entry to the title compounds of potential medical value.

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