Which is more likely in trichodiene biosynthesis: hydride or proton transfer?


The mechanisms proposed for enzyme-catalyzed formation of the sesquiterpene natural product trichodiene consistently include a step involving a 1,4-hydride transfer. Using quantum chemical methods (B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) and mPW1PW91/6-31+G(d,p)), we discovered two alternative pathways for transformation of the intermediate bisabolyl cation to the cuprenyl… (More)