Formal synthesis of olivacine via indolylborate

Minoru Ishikura, Norinobu Takahashi, Koji Yamada, Takumi Abe, Reiko Yanada

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Palladium-catalyzed tandem cyclization-cross-coupling reaction of indolylborate 2 and vinyl bromide 5 was successfully applied in a short formal synthesis of olivacine. The reaction of 2 with 5 in the presence of Pd(OAc) 2 readily afforded three kinds of products, triene derivative 6 and vinylindole derivative 7, along with a small amount of the piperidine derivative 8 (Scheme 2). On the other hand, the reactions of 2 with bromide 10 or 15 were also examined (Schemes 4 and 5), and their outcome markedly depended on the relative ease of ring closure as a function of ring size. Irradiation of 6 with a high-pressure mercury lamp (→9; Scheme 2), followed by removal of the N-[(benzyloxy)carbonyl] group and subsequent oxidation afforded, after deprotection, pyridocarbazole 23, and the conversion of 23 to olivacine is known (Scheme 6).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1828-1837
Number of pages10
JournalHelvetica Chimica Acta
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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