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Study of enzymatic reductions of alpha,beta-unsaturated ketones, and their applications in the preparation of compounds of synthetic interest

Grant number: 12/08385-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2012
Effective date (End): July 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Paulo José Samenho Moran
Grantee:Bruno Ricardo Silva de Paula
Home Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


In this project, we intend the synthesize prochiral alpha-chloroenones, alpha-bromoenones and alpha-methyleneketones that can be reduced to furnish chiral halohydrins, epoxides and alpha-methylketones of synthetic interest. We intend to investigate biocatalytic routes to produce these compounds in high yields and enantiomeric excesses. In the case of alpha-haloenones, we intend to study the application of microorganisms from Brazilian collections in their bioreduction to produce enantiomerically enriched halohydrins, which are precursors to epoxides used as synthetic intermediates. In the case of alpha-methyleneketones, in a first stage we will evaluate microorganisms for the chemo- and enantioselective reduction of the C=C bond, to produce enantiomerically enriched alpha-methylketones that are natural products or synthetic intermediates for their production. In a second stage, we intend to work at the research group Biocatalysis and Organic Chemistry at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, Netherlands), to investigate the potential of a variety of free enoate reductases (ERs) in the C=C bond reduction. In this stage, besides the activity and enantioselectivity, emphasis will be given to cofactor regeneration methods (including novel methodologies developed by this group at Delft). Among the motivations of this project, two of them stand out: the great synthetic interest of the target molecules, especially in the synthesis of natural products, and the development of novel and more sustainable methodologies for the production of these enantiomerically enriched compounds.

Scientific publications (4)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
DE PAULA, BRUNO R. S.; ZAMPIERI, DAVILA S.; NASARIO, FABIO D.; RODRIGUES, J. AUGUSTO R.; MORAN, PAULO J. S. Regioselectivity Control of Enone Reduction Mediated by Aqueous Baker's Yeast with Addition of Ionic Liquid [bmim(PF6)]. BIOCATALYSIS AND AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, v. 12, p. 166-171, OCT 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DE PAULA, BRUNO R. S.; ZAMPIERI, DAVILA; RODRIGUES, J. AUGUSTO R.; MORAN, PAULO J. S. Biotransformation of 3-azidomethy1-4-phenyl-3-buten-2-one and analogs by Saccharomyces cerevisiae: New evidence for an S(N)2 ` mechanism. TETRAHEDRON-ASYMMETRY, v. 28, n. 4, p. 545-549, APR 15 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.
PAULA, BRUNO R. S.; ZAMPIERI, DAVILA; RODRIGUES, J. AUGUSTO R.; MORANA, PAULO J. S. Bioreduction of alpha-Acetoxymethyl Enones: Proposal for an S(N)2 ` Mechanism Catalyzed by Enereductase. ADVANCED SYNTHESIS & CATALYSIS, v. 358, n. 22, p. 3555-3571, NOV 17 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.
CARACELLI, IGNEZ; ZUKERMAN-SCHPECTOR, JULIO; MORAN, PAULO J. S.; DE PAULA, BRUNO R. S.; TIEKINK, EDWARD R. T. Crystal structure of 7-[(2E)-2-benzylidene-3-oxobutoxy]-4-methyl-2H-chromen-2-one. ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-CRYSTALLOGRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS, v. 71, n. 4, p. O222-U213, APR 2015. Web of Science Citations: 0.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
PAULA, Bruno Ricardo Silva de. Studies of enzymatic reductions of activated alkenes. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Instituto de Química.

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