An enzymatic one-pot process for asymmetric transformation of prochiral ketoximes into alcohols or amines was developed by sequential coupling of a laccase-catalyzed deoximation either with a ketone reduction (ketoreductase, KRED) or bioamination (ω-transaminase, ω-TA) in aqueous medium. An accurate selection of biocatalysts provided the corresponding products in excellent enantiomeric excesses and overall conversions ranging from 83 to >99 % for alcohols and 70 to >99 % for amines. Likewise, the employment of exclusively 1 % (w/w) of Cremophor®, a polyethoxylated castor oil, as co-solvent enabled to reach concentrations up to 100 mM in the chiral alcohols cascade.
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- !!Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organische Chemie
- Anorganische Chemie