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Keywords:

  • alkaloids;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • organocatalysis;
  • oximes;
  • oxindoles
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3-Substituted oxindoles as electrophilic partners: An unprecedented method for the construction of hydroxylated 3-substituted oxindoles in high yields and excellent enantioselectivities through stereoablative hydroxylation of 3-halooxindoles with an organocatalyst has been developed. This process not only differs from the common convention of using 3-substituted oxindoles as nucleophiles, but also provides a viable entry to optically active 3-substituted 3-hydroxy-2-oxindoles (see scheme).