Baker's yeast mediated stereoselective biotransformation of 1-acetoxy-3-aryloxypropan-2-ones

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A series of 1-acetoxy-3-aryloxypropan-2-ones 1a-m were synthesized and subjected to biotransformation by baker's yeast yielding optically active monoacetates 5 or ent-5 and/or diols 4 of moderate to excellent enantiomeric purity. The dependence of the reduction/hydrolysis ratio and stereoselectivity on the size and substitution pattern of the aromatic moiety in the substrate is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-283
Number of pages13
JournalTetrahedron Asymmetry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 30 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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