Examination of spacer effects on stereochemical recognition of a remote sterically hindered chiral center in lipase-catalyzed acylation

Ryohei Kobayashi, Hanghang Huang, Manabu Hamada, Toshinori Higashi, Mitsuru Shoji, Takeshi Sugai

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To date, the enzyme-catalyzed kinetic resolution of the secondary alcohol [Ar-C*H(CH 3)OH, Ar = 2′,4′,6′- triisopropylphenyl] has not been available, due to high steric hindrance around the hydroxy group. To achieve resolution, the reaction site was extended by the introduction of two kinds of spacers, [-C(=O)CH 2] and [-C(=O)C**HCN]. In the first substrate, the recognition of remote chirality [Ar-C*H(CH 3)O-C(=O)CH 2OH] by acylation with Burkholderia cepacia lipase was examined by changing reaction conditions and acyl donors. An E = 22 in the preference of (1′R)-isomer, was recorded with vinyl acetate as an acyl donor at 25 °C. In the second substrate, there was a matched enantiomeric pair [stereoselective ratio at C-1′ = 15, in the preference of (1′R)-isomer] and a mismatched pair [stereoselective ratio at C-1′ = 2.5, in the preference of (1′S)-isomer] based on the relative stereochemistry between the two chiral centers [Ar- C*H(CH 3)O-C(=O)C**HCN-OH].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-57
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 1



  • Acylation
  • Hydrolysis
  • Kinetic resolution
  • Lipase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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