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A glycosyltransferase, YjiC, from Bacillus licheniformis has been used for the modification of the commercially available isoflavonoids genistein, daidzein, biochanin A and formononetin. The in vitro glycosylation reaction, using UDP-α-D-glucose as a donor for the glucose moiety and aforementioned four acceptor molecules, showed the prominent glycosylation(More)
A sterol glucosyltransferase-encoded gene was isolated from Salinispora tropica CNB-440, a marine, sediment-dwelling, Gram positive bacterium that produces the potent anticancer compound, salinosporamide A. The full-length gene consists of 1284 nucleotides and encodes 427 amino acids with a calculated mass of 45.65kDa. The gene was then cloned and(More)
Chiral dimeric tridentate NHC-amidate-alkoxide palladium(II) complexes, 3a and 3b, effected oxidative boron Heck-type reactions of aryl boronic acids with both acyclic and cyclic alkenes at room temperature to afford the corresponding coupling products with high enantioselectivities. The high degree of enantioselection, far superior to existing methods,(More)
A palladium-catalyzed diacetoxylation of alkenes in the presence of peracetic acid and acetic anhydride was developed to produce diacetates efficiently and diastereoselectively. Due to its mild conditions, this method was suitable for a broad range of substrates encompassing conjugated and nonconjugated olefins.
While developing novel catalysts for carbon-carbon or carbon-heteroatom coupling (N, O, or F), we were able to introduce tridentate NHC-amidate-alkoxide palladium(II) complexes. In aqueous solution, these NHC-Pd(II) complexes showed high ability for C-H activation of various hydrocarbons (cyclohexane, cyclopentane, dimethyl ether, THF, acetone, and toluene)(More)
Thorough mechanistic studies and DFT calculations revealed a background radical pathway latent in metal-catalyzed oxidation reactions of methane at low temperatures. Use of hydrogen peroxide with TFAA generated a trifluoromethyl radical (•CF3), which in turn reacted with methane gas to selectively yield acetic acid. It was found that the methyl carbon of(More)
Using our tridentate NHC-amidate-alkoxide Pd(II) complex, we developed a catalytic method for oxidative C-C bond cleavage of glycerol. The glycerol was degraded exclusively to formic acid and CO2. Two possible degradation pathways were proposed through (13)C labeled studies.
The hydroamination of various substituted vinyl arenes with benzenesulfonamide was explored using an NHC-amidate-alkoxide palladium catalyst in conjunction with p-TsOH. Utilizing halide-substituted and electron-rich vinyl arenes, this methodology selectively furnished the cross-coupled hydroamination products in moderate to excellent yields in a Markovnikov(More)