Enantioselective Construction of [6,5,6]-Carbocyclic Systems by Organo/Metal-Catalyzed Sequential Reactions

An efficient strategy for the enantioselective construction of [6,5,6]-carbocyclic compounds has been established via one-pot reaction of (<i>E</i>)-4-(2-ethynylphenyl)­but-3-en-2-ones with maleimide sequentially catalyzed by cinchona alkaloid-based primary amine and gold complex (Ph<sub>3</sub>PAuNTf<sub>2</sub>). This methodology provided a facile approach to access the [6,5,6]-tricyclic skeleton in fairly good yield and with perfect enantioselectivities (98% to >99% ee).