Enzymatic preparation of enantiomerically enriched tertiary a-benzyloxy acid esters is described. Enantioselective hydrolysis of the racemic esters of the formula [R-C(CH3)(OCH2Ph)CO2CH3] by lipase OF (from Candida cylindracea, Meito Sangyo Co.) was successfully carried out on a preparative scale. With the asymmetric carbon atom possessing a tertiary benzyloxy group, (S)-(-)-frontalin, a component of the aggregation pheromone of the southern pine beetle, was efficiently synthesized.
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