A two-step multicomponent reaction oxidation protocol is reported herein, which affords novel tunable fluorescent tetracyclic indolizines. The procedure involves a novel 4-center-3-component reaction, which proceeds via a sequential Knoevenagel condensation, [4+1] cycloaddition, and imine condensation to afford imino-indolizines. Products then undergo cyclization and are oxidized in situ to afford fluorescent tetracycles, which are readily tunable through modification of diversity elements.
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- Organic Chemistry