Synthesis 2011(11): 1691-1704  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1260415
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Pyrroles and Indolizidines from Deprotonated α-(Alkylideneamino)nitriles

Ines Schäfera,b, Till Opatz*b
a Department of Chemistry, University of Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
b Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Mainz, Duesbergweg 10-14, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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Received 10 March 2011
Publication Date:
29 April 2011 (eFirst)


Their ready availability from simple starting materials in only two synthetic steps and their versatility as building blocks for the construction of highly substituted amines and N-heterocycles renders α-(alkylideneamino)nitriles useful synthetic intermediates. Herein, short syntheses of tri- and tetrasubstituted pyrroles including the northern half of the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor atorvastatin as well as an access to 3-substituted indolizidines will be described.