Åkerbladh L, Schembri LS, Larhed M, Odell LR
J. Org. Chem. 82 (23) 12520-12529 [2017-12-01; online 2017-10-27]
A convenient synthetic strategy toward N-acylguanidines via a sequential one-pot multicomponent carbonylation/amination reaction has been developed. The compounds were readily obtained via an N-cyanobenzamide intermediate formed from the Pd(0)-catalyzed carbonylative coupling of cyanamide and aryl iodides or bromides. Subsequent amination with a large variety of amines provided the final N-acylguanidines, with the overall formation of one C-C and two C-N bonds, in moderate to excellent yields. The substrate scope was found to be wide and the methodology was used to produce over 50 compounds, including 29 novel molecules. Furthermore, three separate nitrogen-containing heterocycles were prepared from the N-acylguanidines synthesized using the developed multicomponent, carbonylative method.