Total Synthesis of (+/-)-Deethylibophyllidine: Studies of a Fischer Indolization Route and a Successful Approach via a Pummerer Rearrangement/Thionium Ion-Mediated Indole Cyclization.


The total synthesis of (+/-)-deethylibophyllidine is described, proceeding in eight steps from 4-(methoxyphenyl)ethylamine in 5% overall yield (Scheme 6). In terms of sequential annulation, the strategy involves the following operations: E --> DE --> ABDE --> ABCDE (Scheme 1). The key steps in the synthesis are the stereoselective formation of… (More)


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