Biochemical Preparation of Optically Active 4-Hydroxy-β-ionone and Its Transformation to (S)-6-Hydroxy-α-ionone

Hideaki Kakeya, Takeshi Sugai, Hiromichi Ohta

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The preparation of 4-hydroxy-β-ionone of high enantiomeric excess was achieved via lipase-catalyzed transesterification of the corresponding racemate as the key-step. Starting from Its (R)-enantiomer, (S)-6-hydroxy-α-ionone, an important intermediate for synthetic abscisic acid analogs, was synthesized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1873-1876
Number of pages4
JournalAgricultural and Biological Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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