To synthesize (R)-terbutaline hydrochloride, a potent β 2- adrenoceptor-stimulating agent, asymmetric reduction of a substituted α-chloroacetophenone derivative with cultured whole-cell biocatalyst of the yeast Williopsis californica JCM 3600 was developed as the key reaction. The reduction proceeded by a si-facial attack of hydride in a highly enantioselective manner. Co-factor generation was enhanced by applying glycerol as the carbon source.
- Asymmetric reduction
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- Process Chemistry and Technology