Here we describe a facile, tandem synthetic route for indolo[3,2-c]quinolinones, a class of natural alkaloid analogues of high biological significance. A Ugi four-component reaction with indole-2-carboxylic acid and an aniline followed by a Pd-catalyzed cyclization yields tetracyclic indoloquinolines in good to moderate yields. Commercially available building blocks yield highly diverse analogues in just two simple steps.
- 2 indolecarboxylic acid
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