A DNA-Compatible [3+2] Nitrone–Olefin Cycloaddition Suitable for DEL Syntheses

The limited scope of DNA-compatible chemistry restricts the types of chemical features that can be incorporated into DNA-encoded libraries (DELs). Here, a method to synthesize DNA-conjugated polycyclic isoxazolidines via a [3+2] nitrone–olefin cycloaddition is described. The reaction is compatible with many olefin-containing substrates and diverse N-alkylhydroxylamines. The ability to perform subsequent DNA ligation and PCR amplification was also confirmed. This methodology facilitates the synthesis of DELs containing topographically complex compounds with under-explored chemical features.