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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 57, No. 7, 2002, pp.1231-1234
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DOI: 10.3987/COM-02-9503
Reactions of 1-Methoxy-3-(2-nitrovinyl)indole with Nucleophiles: An Interesting Solvent Effect and a Novel Preparation of 3-Substituted 1-Methoxyindoles

Koji Yamada, Fumio Yamada, and Masanori Somei*

*Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kanazawa University, 13-1 Takara-machi, Kanazawa 920-0934, Japan

Abstract

Nucleophiles react with 1-methoxy-3-(2-nitrovinyl)indole (3) at the 2-position regioselectively in a dipolar aprotic solvent (DMF or HMPA), while in THF they undergo Michael addition to the β-carbon of nitrovinyl side chain. Depending on bases employed, the resultant Michael addition products (6d, 10, and 11) are found to undergo interesting cyclizations to give novel 3-substituted 1-methoxyindoles (7, 9, and 12).

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