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Keywords:

  • alkaloids;
  • alkynylation;
  • amination;
  • heterocyclic compounds;
  • hypervalent iodine
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Sweet cyclizations: The synthesis of pyrrolizidines and indolizidines has been achieved. Olefins were subjected to an intramolecular palladium-catalyzed aminoalkynylation with the hypervalent iodine reagent TIPS-EBX. After removal of the protecting group, a two-step cyclization sequence and subsequent reduction led to the natural product (±)-trachelanthamidine (see scheme; TIPS-EBX=triisopropylsilyl ethynylbenziodoxolone).