Synfacts 2005(1): 0120-0120  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-872214
Synthesis of Heterocycles
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Enantioselective Synthesis of Tryptamines and Tetrahydro-β-carbolines

Contributor(s): Victor Snieckus, Justin-Alexandre Morin
W. Zhuang, R. G. Hazell, K. A. Jørgensen*
Aarhus University, Denmark
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Publication Date:
21 September 2005 (online)


The enantioselective Michael addition of nitro-olefins to indoles to give products which are converted into chiral tryptamines and tetrahydro-β-carbolines is reported. The enantioinduction is catalyzed by hydrogen bonding by a chiral bis-sulfonamide, prepared from the readily available corresponding chiral diamine. The scope and the yields of the reaction are modest. Although the enantioselectivity is low to moderate, recrystallization gives >98% enantiopure products. With the assistance of the X-ray crystal structure of the chiral sulfonamides, an intermediate for the reaction is proposed.