Asymmetric reductions using novel ene-reductases from cyanobacteria

Yilei Fu, doctoral thesis Technische Universität München, 2013

The asymmetric reduction of alkenes is attractive for producing chiral molecules, as up to two stereogenic centers can be created. Ten novel ene-reductases from various cyanobacterial strains were identified, expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. These enzymes were characterized regarding their substrate spectra, cofactor specificities and stereoselectivities. Biphasic whole-cell batch biotransformations of (R)-carvone using ionic liquids or adsorbent resins were developed up to the L-scale achieving up to 99.8 % conversion and 99.4 % diastereomeric excess (2R,5R-dihydrocarvone).


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