Wang, Y.; Hoye, T. R. Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 4425–4429.
Thermal isomerizations of various propargyl 3-acylpropiolates are described. Many result in the formation of 3-acylbutenolides. These reactions appear to proceed through intermediate 2,3-dehydropyrans (strained cyclic allenes), which then isomerize in a previously unobserved fashion. Competitive processes that provide additional mechanistic insights are also described.