Concise Synthesis of Tetrazole Macrocycle

A concise two step synthesis of tetrazole containing macrocycles from readily accessible starting materials is presented. The first step comprises a chemoselective amidation of amino acid derived isocyanocarboxylicacid esters with unprotected symmetrical diamines to afford diverse α-isocyano-ω-amines. In the second step, the α-isocyano-ω-amines undergo an Ugi tetrazole reaction to close the macrocycle. Advantageously, this strategy allows short access to 11–19-membered macrocycles in which substituents can be independently varied at three different positions.