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Whole-Cell Biocatalyst for Chemoenzymatic Total Synthesis of Rivastigmine

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Dipartimento di Farmacia-Scienze del Farmaco, Università degli Studi di Bari «Aldo Moro», Via E. Orabona 4, I-70125 Bari, Italy
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Consorzio C.I.N.M.P.I.S., Dipartimento di Farmacia-Scienze del Farmaco, Via E. Orabona 4, I-70125 Bari, Italy
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Dipartimento di Bioscienze, Biotecnologie e Biofarmaceutica, Università degli Studi di Bari «Aldo Moro», Via E. Orabona 4, I-70125 Bari, Italy
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Consorzio CIRCC, Via Celso Ulpiani 27, I-70126 Bari, Italy
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Catalysts 2018, 8(2), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8020055
Received: 16 January 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
Biocatalytic processes are increasingly playing a key role in the development of sustainable asymmetric syntheses, which are central to pharmaceutical companies for the production of chiral enantiopure drugs. This work describes a simple and economically viable chemoenzymatic process for the production of (S)-rivastigmine, which is an important drug for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. The described protocol involves the R-regioselective bioreduction of an aromatic ketone by Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 20016 whole cells in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) (37 °C, 24 h) as a key step. Biocatalytic performance of baker’s yeast whole cells in water and in aqueous eutectic mixtures have been evaluated and discussed as well. The route is scalable, environmentally friendly, and the target drug is obtained via four steps in overall 78% yield and 98% ee. View Full-Text
Keywords: rivastigmine; chemoenzymatic synthesis; bioreduction; whole-cell biocatalyst; (R)-arylethanols; baker’s yeast; deep eutectic solvents rivastigmine; chemoenzymatic synthesis; bioreduction; whole-cell biocatalyst; (R)-arylethanols; baker’s yeast; deep eutectic solvents
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Vitale, P.; Perna, F.M.; Agrimi, G.; Pisano, I.; Mirizzi, F.; Capobianco, R.V.; Capriati, V. Whole-Cell Biocatalyst for Chemoenzymatic Total Synthesis of Rivastigmine. Catalysts 2018, 8, 55.

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