L-Menthol was glucosylated by the α-glucosidase (EC 220.127.116.11) of Saccharomyces cerevisiae using maltose as glucosyl donor. When 50 mg of l-menthol and 1M maltose in 10 mM citrate–phosphate buffer (pH 7.0) were incubated for 24 h at 30°C, a menthylglucoside was selectively obtained as a product. The molar conversion yield based on supplied menthol was 4.5%. The product was identified as l-menthyl α-D-glucopyranoside (α-MenG) by 13C-NMR analysis.
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