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[Structure: see text] Catalyzed by the Rhodococcus erythropolis AJ270 whole cell catalyst, the O-benzylated beta-hydroxy alkanenitriles underwent remarkably high enantioselective biotransformations, whereas the biotransformations of free beta-hydroxy alkanenitriles gave very low enantioselectivity. The easy manipulations of O-protection and O-deprotection,(More)
The synthesis of both antipodes of N-methyl-N-[(Z)-styryl]-3-phenyloxirane-2-carboxamide (SB204900), clausenamide, neoclausenamide, homoclausenamide and zeta-clausenamide have been accomplished using (2S,3R)- and (2R,3S)-3-phenyloxirane-2-carboxamides as the starting materials, and SB204900 was found to be a common precursor to other N-heterocyclic clausena(More)
[structure: see text] The syntheses of five pairs of novel inherently chiral calix[4]arenes are described. Two synthetic routes were adopted to generate racemic 3-carboxylic or 2-carboxylic group substituted calix[4]quinolines in the cone or the partial-cone conformation, respectively. The chiral products were thoroughly characterized by various(More)
Catalyzed by the Rhodococcus erythropolis AJ270 whole cell catalyst under very mild conditions, biotransformations of racemic 1-arylaziridine-2-carbonitriles proceeded efficiently and enantioselectively to produce highly enantiopure S-1-arylaziridine-2-carboxamides and R-1-arylaziridine-2-carboxylic acids in excellent yields. Although the nitrile hydratase(More)
Biotransformations of various functionalized racemic nitriles catalyzed by Rhodococcus erythropolis AJ270, a nitrile hydratase/amidase-containing microbial whole-cell catalyst, were studied. While the nitrile hydratase exhibits high catalytic efficiency but very low enantioselectivity against almost all nitrile substrates examined, the amidase is very(More)
Catalyzed by a nitrile hydratase/amidase-containing microbial Rhodococcus sp. AJ270 whole-cell catalyst, a number of racemic trans-2,3-epoxy-3-arylpropanenitriles 1 underwent rapid and efficient hydrolysis under very mild conditions to afford 2R,3S-2-arylglycidamides 2 in excellent yield with enantiomeric excess higher than 99.5%. The overall(More)
Large methylazacalix[n]pyridines (n = 6-9) were synthesized effectively from the Pd-catalyzed macrocyclic fragment coupling reactions between alpha,omega-dibrominated and alpha,omega-diaminated linear oligomers. As macrocyclic host molecules, they formed a 1:1 complex with fullerenes C(60) and C(70) with association constants ranging from 3 x 10(4) to 1 x(More)
The upper-rim 1,3-alternate tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]triazine azacrowns were constructed effectively by macrocyclic condensation reaction of diamines with dichlorinated tetraoxacalix[2]arene[2]triazine intermediates that were synthesized from the stepwise fragment coupling reactions of 3,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid esters with cyanuric chlorides. Because of the(More)
Described herein is a manganese-catalyzed dehydrogenative [4+2] annulation of NH imines and alkynes, a reaction providing highly atom-economical access to diverse isoquinolines. This transformation represents the first example of manganese-catalyzed CH activation of imines; the stoichiometric variant of the cyclomanganation was reported in 1971. The redox(More)