Asymmetric synthesis of congested spiro-cyclopentaneoxindoles via an organocatalytic cascade reaction.

Starting from simple alkylidene oxindoles and nitroketones, a highly stereoselective methodology was developed for the synthesis of spiro-cyclopentaneoxindoles with four consecutive stereogenic centers. Using an organocatalytic cascade of Michael and aldol reactions in the presence of a chiral thiourea catalyst products were obtained in moderate to high… (More)