Irradiation of the trichloroacetates 2, 4 and 5, derived from the corresponding tryptophols, in methanolic acetonitrile results in photocyclisation to the indole 4-position, and the formation of the pyrrolobenzoxocines 9-11. Attempted photocyclisation of the 'reversed' α-chloro esters 15a, 15b and 18 was thwarted by readily occurring elimination of HCl, although the dimethyl compound 15c did cyclise to give the cycloheptaindole 20 upon irradiation in acetonitrile.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1|
|State||Published - 1992|
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