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Dioxygen Activation by Laccases: Green Chemistry for Fine Chemical Synthesis

Instituto de Ciencias, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla 72570, Mexico
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Catalysts 2018, 8(6), 223; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8060223
Received: 30 April 2018 / Revised: 16 May 2018 / Accepted: 23 May 2018 / Published: 24 May 2018
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Abstract

Laccases are enzymes with attractive features for the synthesis of fine chemicals. The friendly reaction conditions of laccases and their high conversion and selectivity make them particularly suitable for green methods of synthesis. In addition, laccases are enzymes with broad substrate variability, ease of production, and no need of cofactors or aggressive oxidizing agents. Among molecules oxidized by laccases are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, azo dyes, pesticides, phenols, and pharmaceuticals. This article reviews the laccase-mediated oxidation of fine chemicals for the production of biologically active compounds. The main aspects of the enzymatic oxidation are summarized; potentials and limitations are identified and proposals to develop more robust catalysts are analyzed. View Full-Text
Keywords: enzymatic oxidation; enzymatic dioxygen activation; laccases; pharmaceutical synthesis enzymatic oxidation; enzymatic dioxygen activation; laccases; pharmaceutical synthesis
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Romero-Guido, C.; Baez, A.; Torres, E. Dioxygen Activation by Laccases: Green Chemistry for Fine Chemical Synthesis. Catalysts 2018, 8, 223.

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