Chemoenzymatic route to both enantiomers of a 1-isopropyl-3a- methyloctahydroinden-4-one derivative: A synthetic intermediate for sesqui- and diterpenoids

Shigeo Fujieda, Mina Tomita, Ken Ichi Fuhshuku, Shigeru Ohba, Shigeru Nishiyama, Takeshi Sugai

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Abstract

On the way to a chemoenzymatic synthesis of a key intermediate for sesquiterpenoids and diterpenoids, 2-methyl-2-(4-methyl-3-oxopentyl)-1,3- cyclohexanedione was reduced with the whole cells of yeast biocatalysts. Torulaspora delbrueckii NBRC10921 reduced a cyclic ketone of three carbonyl groups in an enantiofacially selective manner (reface attack), but there was poor enantiotopic group selectivity between two carbonyl groups on the cyclohexane ring to yield a mixture of diastereomeric products. Candida floricola IAM13115 reduced mainly the pro-(R) carbonyl group. In contrast, the reduction proceeded in an enantiofacially poorly selective manner to give another set of diastereomeric products. In both cases, another carbonyl group on the side chain worked as a 'trapping arm' of the resulting secondary alcohol. The diastereomeric products were effectively separated as the 'syn' or 'cis' isomer exclusively exist in the intramolecular hemiacetal structure, while 'anti' or 'trans' isomer being an equilibrated mixture of cyclic hemiacetal and open-chain hydroxyketone (ca. 0.7:1). Starting separately from the enantiomerically enriched products as above, both enantiomers of the target compound, a key intermediate for terpenoids, were efficiently prepared via stereoselective ring closure under pinacol coupling reaction conditions. Furthermore, a daucane sesquiterpene intermediate, a hydroazulene derivative, was provided after one-carbon homologation of the six-membered ring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1099-1109
Number of pages11
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Volume347
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun 1

Keywords

  • Chiral building block
  • Desymmetrization
  • Prochiral substrate
  • Terpenoid synthesis
  • Whole-cell biocatalyst
  • Yeast reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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