Advances of α-activated cyclic isothiocyanate for the enantioselective construction of spirocycles
The efficient and enantioselective synthesis of pharmaceutically important spirocycles has attracted the focus of organic and medicinal chemists. In this context, with the excellent reactivity of α-activated isothiocyanate as formal 1,3-dipoles in the (3 + 2) cyclization process, the cyclic isothiocyanates featuring important pharmacophores, such as oxindole, pyrazolone, and indanone moieties, have emerged as powerful precursors to access a variety of spirocycles with highly structural diversities. In addition, the facile transformations of these spirocycles have shown potential applications in drug design. This review will cover the recent advances of α-activated cyclic isothiocyanates in the enantioselective construction of spirocycles since 2015, and the applications of corresponding products in organic and medicinal chemistry.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC