Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
A convenient diastereoselective synthetic route to the molecular tweezer bis(indolizino[3,4-b]quinolyl)methane 9 and the rigid indolizino[7′,8′:2,3]quinolino[8,7-h]indolizino[8,7-b]quinolines 14, 15 as potential receptor molecules has been developed, involving double imine condensation followed by Lewis acid catalyzed biscyclization of prolinal-derived bis(imines) 8 and 13, respectively. Whereas the use of SnCl4 leads to the formation of the planar polycycle 15, the corresponding concave product 14 is formed in the presence of EtAlCl2. Both compounds 14, 15, as well as tweezer 9 have been characterized by X-ray crystal-structure analysis. Although tris(imines) 20, 24 derived from 1,3,5-triaminobenzene (18) and tris(4-aminophenyl)amine (23) could be obtained similarly by molecular sieve-catalyzed condensation, the corresponding triscyclization could not be achieved. However, by attaching preformed indolizino[3,4-b]quinoline subunits 25 and 31 to an aromatic core, the bidentate receptors 30, 33 and the tentacle molecule 28 were accessible.
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