α-Diaminoboryl carbanions, readily prepared from acetonitrile, stereoselectively convert 2-nitrobenzaldehydes into nitrophenyl (Z)-acrylonitriles. Subsequent reductive cyclization leads to a series of 2-aminoquinoline derivatives. The entire procedure is practically operated in a single flask.
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