A five-step total synthesis of (±)-aspidospermidine (1) based on a lactam strategy is reported. Our synthesis features an iridium-catalyzed reductive Michael addition/[3+2] cycloaddition cascade to give a tricyclic ketone intermediate from a simple lactam via an azomethine ylide. The developed strategy enables easily available lactams to be used as stable surrogates of multisubstituted amines and would be applicable to a unified total synthesis of complex Aspidosperma alkaloids.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry