Visible-light-induced intramolecular radical cascade of α-bromo-N-benzyl-alkylamides: a new strategy to synthesize tetracyclic N-fused indolo[2,1-a]isoquinolin-6(5H)-ones†
Polycyclic indole scaffolds are ubiquitous in pharmaceuticals and natural products and in materials science. Here, we present a visible-light-initiated intramolecular aryl migration/desulfonylation/cyclization cascade reaction for the synthesis of tetracyclic indolo[2,1-a]isoquinolin-6(5H)-ones. This protocol not only exhibited a wide substrate scope but also provided a mild route to access a variety of tetracyclic N-fused indoles.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC