Synthesis 2005(6): 945-956  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-861838
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One-Pot Synthesis of Polysubstituted Pyrrolidines from Aminonitriles

Nino Meyer, Frank Werner, Till Opatz*
Institut für Organische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Duesbergweg 10-14, 55128 Mainz, Germany
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Received 15 October 2004
Publication Date:
21 February 2005 (eFirst)


α-Aminonitriles with a mono- or unsubstituted amino group as well as α-(alkylideneamino)nitriles can be employed as easily accessible α-aminocarbanion equivalents. Their α-deprotonation yields stabilized carbanions, which undergo smooth 1,4-addition to α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds. The resulting δ-keto-α-aminonitriles can be reductively cyclized to form polysubstituted pyrrolidines.