A highly modular method for the synthesis of (Z)-3-[amino(phenyl/methyl)methylidene]-1,3-dihydro-2H-indol-2-ones starting from easily available 3-bromooxindoles or (2-oxoindolin-3-yl)triflate and thioacetamides or thiobenzamides is described. A series of 49 compounds, several of which have previously been shown to possess significant tyrosin kinase inhibiting activity, was prepared in yields varying mostly from 70 to 97% and always surpassing those obtained by other published methods. The method includes an Eschenmoser coupling reaction, which is very feasible (even without using a thiophile except tertiary amides) and scalable. The (Z)-configuration of all products was confirmed by NMR techniques.
Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2021, 17, 527–539. doi:10.3762/bjoc.17.47