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Keywords:

  • alkynes;
  • azaphilones;
  • cycloisomerization;
  • gold;
  • Lewis acid catalysis
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Right to the core: Gold(III)-catalyzed cycloisomerization of o-alkynylbenzaldehydes to 2-benzopyrylium salts and subsequent in situ oxidation have been employed to prepare the core structure of azaphilone natural products, such as the sphingosine kinase inhibitor S-15183 (see scheme, DCE=1,2-dichloroethane, TFA=trifluoroacetic acid)), and several unnatural azaphilones.