Jan-E Bäckvall

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In nature, lipases (EC catalyze the hydrolysis of triglycerides to form glycerol and fatty acids. Under the appropriate conditions, the reaction is reversible, and so biotechnological applications commonly make use of their capacity for esterification as well as for hydrolysis of a wide variety of compounds. In the present paper, we report the(More)
A highly combinatorial structure-based protein engineering method for obtaining enantioselectivity is reported that results in a thorough modification of the substrate binding pocket of Candida antarctica lipase A (CALA). Nine amino acid residues surrounding the entire pocket were simultaneously mutated, contributing to a reshaping of the substrate pocket(More)
Here we report that an engineered microbial cytochrome P450 BM-3 (CYP102A subfamily) efficiently catalyzes the alpha-hydroxylation of phenylacetic acid esters. This P450 BM-3 variant also produces the authentic human metabolite of buspirone, R-6-hydroxybuspirone, with 99.5% ee.
Racemization catalyst 5 c and the enzyme Candida antarctica lipase B were combined in a one-pot dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR) of primary amines in which a wide range of amines were transformed to their corresponding amides in up to 95 % isolated yield and >99 % ee. The DKR protocol was applicable with either isopropyl acetate or dibenzyl carbonate as the(More)
Dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR) of various aromatic chlorohydrins with the use of Pseudomonas cepacia lipase (PS-C "Amano" II) and ruthenium catalyst 1 afforded chlorohydrin acetates in high yields and high enantiomeric excesses. These optically pure chlorohydrin acetates are useful synthetic intermediates and can be transformed to a range of important(More)
(S)-Selective kinetic resolution was achieved through the use of a commercially available protease, which was activated with a combination of two different surfactants. The kinetic resolution (KR) process was optimized with respect to activation of the protease and to the acyl donor. The KR proved to be compatible with a range of functionalized(More)
Departament of Organic Chemistry, University of Geneva, 30 Quai Ernest Ansermet, 1211 Genève 4, Switzerland, Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University, Arrhenius Laboratoriet, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, Organic Chemistry II, Dormund University of Technology, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 6, D-44227 Dortmund, Germany, and Departament de Quı́mica Fı́sica i(More)