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  1. The nitrogen-interrupted Nazarov cyclization can be a powerful method for the stereocontrolled synthesis of sp 3 -rich N -heterocycles. However, due to the incompatibility between the basicity of nitrogen and the acidic reaction conditions, examples of this type of Nazarov cyclization are scarce. Herein, we report a one-pot nitrogen-interrupted halo -Prins/ halo -Nazarov coupling cascade that joins two simple building blocks, an enyne and a carbonyl partner, to furnish functionalized cyclopenta[ b ]indolines with up to four contiguous stereocenters. For the first time, we provide a general method for the alkynyl halo -Prins reaction of ketones, thus enabling the formation of quaternary stereocenters. Additionally, we describe the outcomes of secondary alcohol enyne couplings, which exhibit helical chirality transfer. Furthermore, we investigate the impact of aniline enyne substituents on the reaction and evaluate the tolerance of different functional groups. Finally, we discuss the reaction mechanism and demonstrate various transformations of the prepared indoline scaffolds, highlighting their applicability in drug discovery campaigns. 
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  2. We report a Brønsted acid-catalyzed carbocyclization cascade, featuring condensation of an alcohol/sulfonamide with an aldehyde followed by an intramolecular three-component coupling involving an alkyne, an oxocarbenium/iminium ion, and an arene. A formal cycloaddition is embedded in the cationic cascade, which enables the synthesis of a wide range of fused heterotricycles. The diastereoselectivity of the cascade is studied using secondary alcohols/sulfonamides with different carbonyl partners. The described method results in the preparation of synthetically versatile scaffolds with ample opportunity for further derivatization at the resulting tetrasubstituted olefin, or by inclusion of other functionalizable motifs from the starting materials. It is worth noting that this chemistry also facilitates the synthesis of piperidines and 1,4-oxazepanes, as well as the inclusion of indoles and benzofurans, which are privileged motifs for medicinal chemistry. Herein we present the generality of this approach and some chemical transformations that can be achieved with our substrates. 
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