Iodospirocyclization of Tryptamine-Derived Isocyanides: Formal Total Synthesis of Aspidofractinine

Jordy M. Saya, Thomas R. Roose, Jarryt J. Peek, Bram Weijers, Thomas J.S. de Waal, Christophe M.L. Vande Velde, Romano V.A. Orru, Eelco Ruijter*

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The N-iodosuccinimide-mediated spirocyclization of tryptamine-derived isocyanides to generate spiroindolenines is reported. The products contain both an imine and an imidoyl iodide as flexible handles for follow-up chemistry. Nucleophilic addition typically occurs chemoselectively on the imine moiety with complete diastereoselectivity, providing opportunities for the construction of complex molecular frameworks. The synthetic potential of the method was showcased in the formal total synthesis of (±)-aspidofractinine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15232-15236
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie. International Edition
Issue number46
Early online date1 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2018


  • Alkaloids
  • cyclization
  • isocyanides
  • natural product synthesis
  • spiroindolines


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