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Keywords:

  • carbenes;
  • lactams;
  • organocatalysis;
  • spiro compounds;
  • umpolung
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In pole position: A simple and efficient approach to spirocyclic γ-lactam oxindoles by the N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed addition of homoenloate equivalents to N-aryl isatinimines has been developed (see scheme). The use of N-aryl isatinimines as electrophiles in the NHC-catalyzed umpolung reaction of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes is demonstrated for the first time.