Xiaotao Pu

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1-Deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP) reductoisomerase (DXR, also known as methyl-d-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) synthase) is a NADPH-dependent enzyme, which catalyzes the conversion of DXP to MEP in the nonmevalonate pathway of isoprene biosynthesis. Two mechanisms have been proposed for the DXR-catalyzed reaction. In the alpha-ketol rearrangement(More)
1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP) reductoisomerase (DXR) is an NADPH-dependent enzyme catalyzing the rearrangement and reduction of DXP to methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP). Two mechanisms for this enzymatic reaction have been proposed, involving either an alpha-ketol rearrangement or a retroaldol/aldol rearrangement. In this study, a fluorinated(More)
We demonstrate that allenes, chiral 1,2-dienes, appended with basic functionality can serve as ligands for transition metals. We describe an allene-containing bisphosphine that, when coordinated to Rh(I), promotes the asymmetric addition of arylboronic acids to α-keto esters with high enantioselectivity. Solution and solid-state structural analysis reveals(More)
Unsymmetrically substituted allenes (1,2-dienes) are inherently chiral and can be prepared in optically pure form. Nonetheless, to date the allene framework has not been incorporated into ligands for asymmetric catalysis. Since allenes project functionality differently than either tetrahedral carbon or chiral biaryls, they may create complementary chiral(More)
Allenes can be synthesized via the direct SN2' addition of hydride to propargylic alcohols. Previous examples of this approach, however, have involved harsh reaction conditions and have suffered from incomplete transfer of central chirality to axial chirality. Here we show that Cp2Zr(H)Cl can react with the zinc or magnesium alkoxides of propargylic(More)
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