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Molecules 2017, 22(10), 1591;

One-Pot Multi-Enzymatic Synthesis of the Four Stereoisomers of 4-Methylheptan-3-ol

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali, Ingegneria Chimica, Via Mancinelli 7, I-20131 Milano, Italy
Istituto di Chimica del Riconoscimento Molecolare—CNR, Via M. Bianco 9, I-20131 Milano, Italy
Authors are listed in alphabetical order. M. C. is the principal author of the publication.
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Received: 24 July 2017 / Revised: 12 September 2017 / Accepted: 21 September 2017 / Published: 22 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Recent Advances in Flavors and Fragrances)
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The use of pheromones in the integrated pest management of insects is currently considered a sustainable and environmentally benign alternative to hazardous insecticides. 4-Methylheptan-3-ol is an interesting example of an insect pheromone, because its stereoisomers are active towards different species. All four possible stereoisomers of this compound were prepared from 4-methylhept-4-en-3-one by a one-pot procedure in which the two stereogenic centres were created during two sequential reductions catalysed by an ene-reductase (ER) and an alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: pheromone; stereoselectivity; biocatalysis; ene-reductase; alcohol dehydrogenase pheromone; stereoselectivity; biocatalysis; ene-reductase; alcohol dehydrogenase

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Brenna, E.; Crotti, M.; Gatti, F.G.; Monti, D.; Parmeggiani, F.; Pugliese, A. One-Pot Multi-Enzymatic Synthesis of the Four Stereoisomers of 4-Methylheptan-3-ol. Molecules 2017, 22, 1591.

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