Reactions of N- and C-alkenylanilines: IX. Synthesis, oxidation, and nitration of some 7-methyl-1,3a,4,8b-tetrahydrocyclopenta[b]indoles

Research paper by D. A. Skladchikov, K. Yu. Suponitskii, I. B. Abdrakhmanov, R. R. Gataullin

Indexed on: 05 Aug '12Published on: 05 Aug '12Published in: Russian Journal of Organic Chemistry


Heating of 4-acyl-3-iodo-7-methyl-1,2,3,3a,4,8b-hexahydrocyclopenta[b]indoles in piperidine gave 4-acyl-7-methyl-1,3a,4,8b-tetrahydrocyclopenta[b]indoles which were oxidized with KMnO4 to obtain the corresponding 4-acyl-7-methyl-1,2,3,3a,4,8b-hexahydrocyclopenta[b]indole-1,2-diols. Oxidation of 4-acyl-7-methyl-1,3a,4,8b-tetrahydrocyclopenta[b]indoles at the olefinic double bond with hydrogen peroxide in acetonitrile in the presence of formic acid afforded stereoisomeric epoxides with cis and trans orientation of the nitrogen-containing and oxirane rings. Nitration with a mixture of ammonium nitrate and trifluoroacetic anhydride produced 5-nitro derivatives. The structure of 1-{(1aR*,1bR*,6bS*,7aS*)-5-methyl-1a,1b,2,6b,7,7ahexahydrooxireno[4,5]cyclopenta[1,2-b]indol-2-yl}ethanone was determined by X-ray analysis.