Total Syntheses of 2,2′-Biindolyl Alkaloids via Cyanide-Catalyzed Imino-Stetter Reaction

Jinjae Park, Tae Lyn Kim, Cheol Hong Cheon

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2,2′-Biindolyl natural products have a long history of applications owing to their unique structural features and biological activities. In this Account, we describe the recent progress achieved by our research group in the total syntheses of several 2,2′-biindolyl natural products using the cyanide-catalyzed imino-Stetter reaction as the key reaction to construct the 2,2′-biindolyl scaffold from 2-aminocinnamic acid derivatives and indole-2-carboxaldehydes. The development of a novel protocol to access 2,2′-bisindole-3-acetic acid derivatives via the cyanide-catalyzed imino-Stetter reaction and its application to the total syntheses of class I (arcyriaflavin A), class II (iheyamines A and B), and class III (calothrixin B) 2,2′-biindolyl natural products are discussed. 1. Introduction 2. Synthesis of 2,2′-Biindolyl Compounds via Cyanide-Catalyzed Imino-Stetter Reaction 3. Total Synthesis of Arcyriaflavin A 4. Total Syntheses of Iheyamines A and B 5. Total Synthesis of Calothrixin B 6.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2351-2360
Number of pages10
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Mar 6

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  • 2,2′-biindolyl alkaloids
  • cyanide catalyst
  • imino-Stetter reaction
  • structural diversity
  • total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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