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Keywords:

  • annulation;
  • cascade reactions;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • enantioselective;
  • gold
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Gold standard: Allenamides react with aldehydes or ketones having γ, δ, or ε alkenyl groups, upon activation with suitable gold catalysts, to provide oxa-bridged systems containing seven- to nine-membered carbocycles, in a formal cascade cycloaddition. By using chiral phosphoramidite/gold or bisphosphine/gold catalysts it is possible to obtain the oxa-bridged seven- and eight-membered rings with good to high enantioselectivity.