This report describes the gold-catalyzed synthesis of fused polycyclic indoles from substituted 2-(1Hindol-
1-yl) alkylamines and alkynoic acids in water under microwave irradiation. This protocol proceeds
in high atom economy and leads to the generation of two rings, together with the formation of one new
C–C bond and two new C–N bonds in a single operation. The advantages of the method include a short
reaction time, excellent yield, easy work-up, and the use of microwave irradiation and an environmentally
benign solvent.