Synthesis of dibenzocyclohepten-5-ones by electrophilic iodocyclization of 1-([1,1'-biphenyl]-2-yl)alkynones.J Org Chem. 2014 Apr 18; 79(8):3452-64.JO
A synthesis of iodo-substituted dibenzocyclohepten-5-ones by the iodine monochloride (or iodine)-induced intramolecular 7-endo-dig cyclization of 1-([1,1'-biphenyl]-2-yl)alkynones is reported. Detailed investigations on the substituent effects during the electrophilic iodocyclization of the alkynones show that they play a crucial role in determining the reaction pathways of the cyclization. By modifying the substitution pattern on the alkynone substrates, the cyclization takes place regioselectively, leading to either dibenzocyclohepten-5-ones, via a 7-endo-dig cyclization, or spiroconjugated compounds, via a 6-endo-dig cyclization.