Towards the integrated exploitation of microbial and enzymatic catalysis - Importance of substrate molecular technology and quest of biocatalysts, for designing synthetic plans

Miyu Furuta, Kengo Hanaya, Mitsuru Shoji, Takeshi Sugai

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Nowadays, biocatalytic, involving microbial and enzymatic, transformations are widely applied for the production of fine chemicals, such as active pharmaceutical ingredients, and for the key reactions for the total synthesis of complex natural products. In this issue, we especially emphasize on two topics, the elaboration on "substrate molecular technology" and "quest of biocatalysts" in our examples of hydrolase-catalyzed kinetic resolution and asymmetric reduction. The aim of this approach is to find the optimized structure and synthetic routes of substrates, which would be maximally advantageous for both selectivity of enzyme-catalyzed reaction, and the total efficiency to target molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-246
Number of pages10
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jul 24



  • Asymmetric reduction
  • Enzyme catalyst
  • Hydrolase
  • Hydrolysis
  • Kinetic resolution
  • Lipase
  • Transesterification
  • Whole-cell microorganisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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