The scope and limitation of the regio- and enantioselective hydrolysis of aliphatic epoxides using Bacillus subtilis epoxide hydrolase, and exploration toward chirally differentiated tris(hydroxymethyl)methanol

Ken Ichi Shimizu, Maki Sakamoto, Manabu Hamada, Toshinori Higashi, Takeshi Sugai, Mitsuru Shoji

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The substrate specificity of an engineered Bacillus subtilis epoxide hydrolase, which so far had shown high activity and enantioselectivity with 1-benzyloxymethyl-1-methyloxirane, has been studied by altering the methyl substituent into hydrogen, oxygen-containing functionalities, and unsaturated homologs. High enantioselectivity (E = 44) was observed with 1-benzyloxymethyl-1-vinyloxirane with a proper catalytic activity. The elaboration of the reaction conditions and work-up procedures enabled a preparative-scale kinetic resolution, to give (R)-2-benzyloxymethyl-3-butene-1, 2-diol and its antipodal (R)-epoxide in high ees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2043-2049
Number of pages7
JournalTetrahedron Asymmetry
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug 23


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Catalysis

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