Biomimetic reduction of benzoylformate to mandelate with 97-99% ee was achieved with the diastereomeric, bridged NADH models (S.S)-1 and (R.S)-1. The oligomethylene bridge acts as an 'enzyme wall' and hinders the approach of the substrate from one side of the dihydropyridine ring. Isomers 1 were synthesized from the corresponding bridged nicotinate precursor, which was prepared by the reaction of formyl-substituted (vinylimino)phosphorane with methyl propiolate.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Angewandte Chemie - International Edition in English|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
- Asymmetric synthesis
- NADH model compounds
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