Highly enantioselective reduction of 2-hydroxy-1-phenylethanone to enantiopure (R)-phenyl-1,2-ethanediol using Saccharomyces cerevisiae of remarkable reaction stability.


Saccharomyces cerevisiae JUC15 was successfully obtained by target reaction-oriented screening, which reduced 2-hydroxy-1-phenylethanone (HPE) to (R)-phenyl-1,2-ethanediol ((R)-PED) of excellent enantiomeric excess (e.e. >99.9%). There was no significant decrease in the yield and optical purity of (R)-PED when the free cells were reused for 40 repeated… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.06.044

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