oa South African Journal of Chemistry - Production of 9-thioxo-2, 3, 4, 9-tetrahydro-pyrrolo[3, 4-b]quinolin-1-one derivatives from the aminolysis of 3, 3, 9-trichloro-3H-thieno[3, 4-b]quinolin-1-one

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4350



Treatment of the title substrate with propylamine yielded 2-propyl-9-propylamino-3-propylimino-2, 3-dihydro-pyrrolo[3, 4-b] quinolin-1-one (15%) and a S-containing product (63%). The latter is inferred (from its spectral and chemical properties) to be a (1:1) complex of 2-propyl-3-propylimino-9-thioxo-2, 3, 4, 9-tetrahydro-pyrrolo[3, 4-b]quinolin-1-one (derived via an unusual S-rearrangement) with propylamine. The propylamine in the complex is removed by acid or thermally to provide the aforementioned 9-thioxo component which structure was substantiated froma X-ray crystal analysis. Aminolysis of the title substrate with ethylamine afforded the analogous ethyl-substituted products.

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