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Enantioselective Construction of CF 3 -Containing Spirooxindole γ-Lactones via Organocatalytic Asymmetric Michael/Lactonization.


A highly enantioselective Michael/lactonization cascade reaction of 3-hydroxyoxindoles with 3-trifluoroethylidene oxindoles was developed. The use of a cinchona-derived squaramide catalyst is essential in achieving high diastereo- and enantioselectivities. This reaction represents the first example of intramolecular amide C-N bond cleavage and lactonization of 3-hydroxyoxindoles with 3-trifluoroethylidene oxindoles, which provides an efficient and convenient approach to diverse CF-containing spirooxindole γ-lactones in high yields and good to excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivities.