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Organic letters

Sequential intermolecular aminopalladation/ortho-arene C-H activation reactions of N-phenylpropiolamides with phthalimide.


PMID 18290654

Abstract

A novel palladium-catalyzed intermolecular aminopalladation/C-H activation method for selectively synthesizing (E)-(2-oxindolin-3-ylidene)phthalimides has been developed. In the presence of Pd(OAc)2 and PhI(OAc)2, alkynes were difunctionalized with a phthalimide and an arene sp2 C-H bond to selectively synthesize (E)-(2-oxoindolin-3-ylidene)phthalimides, which products are of great potential pharmaceutical value products in many major therapeutic areas, such as oncology, inflammation, neurology, immunology, and endocrinology. To the best of our knowledge, the reaction serves as the first example of intermolecular aminopalladation/C-H activation reactions of alkynes.