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Metagenomic ene-reductases for the bioreduction of sterically challenging enones

Dobrijevic, D; Benhamou, L; Aliev, AE; Méndez-Sánchez, D; Dawson, N; Baud, D; Tappertzhofen, N; ... Ward, JM; + view all (2019) Metagenomic ene-reductases for the bioreduction of sterically challenging enones. RSC Advances , 9 (63) pp. 36608-36614. 10.1039/c9ra06088j. Green open access

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Abstract

Ene-reductases (ERs) of the Old Yellow Enzyme family catalyse asymmetric reduction of activated alkenes providing chiral products. They have become an important method in the synthetic chemists' toolbox offering a sustainable alternative to metal-catalysed asymmetric reduction. Development of new biocatalytic alkene reduction routes, however needs easy access to novel biocatalysts. A sequence-based functional metagenomic approach was used to identify novel ERs from a drain metagenome. From the ten putative ER enzymes initially identified, eight exhibited activities towards widely accepted mono-cyclic substrates with several of the ERs giving high reaction yields and stereoselectivities. Two highly performing enzymes that displayed excellent co-solvent tolerance were used for the stereoselective reduction of sterically challenging bicyclic enones where the reactions proceeded in high yields, which is unprecedented to date with wild-type ERs. On a preparative enzymatic scale, reductions of Hajos–Parish, Wieland–Miescher derivatives and a tricyclic ketone proceeded with good to excellent yields.

Type: Article
Title: Metagenomic ene-reductases for the bioreduction of sterically challenging enones
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1039/c9ra06088j
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1039/c9ra06088j
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Structural and Molecular Biology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Biochemical Engineering
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Chemistry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086077
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