Iridium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Allylic Dearomatization by a Desymmetrization Strategy.Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2017 11 20; 56(47):15093-15097.AC
A desymmetrization strategy was developed involving iridium-catalyzed allylic dearomatization of indoles. The six-membered-ring spiroindolenines contain three contiguous stereogenic centers, including an all-carbon quaternary center, and were obtained in up to 99 % yield with 99 % ee and >95:5 d.r. When treated with a catalytic amount of tosylic acid, six-membered spiroindolenine undergoes an unprecedented six-to-seven-membered ring expansion, affording the corresponding hexahydroazepino[4,5-b]indole.