Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Agroclavine (1) was oxidized, by haloperoxidase from Streptomyces aureofaciens, to 2,3-dihydro-6,8-dimethyl-3β-acetoxy-8-ergolen-2-one (2) in the presence of sodium acetate and bromine ions. Acetate was incorporated into the above product during oxidation. In a propionate buffer, incorporation of propionate into the product was observed, yielding 2,3-dihydro-6,8-dimethyl-3β-propionoxy-8-ergolen-2-one (4). The biotransformation proceeded faster in the propionate buffer, affording also the higher oxidation product (4aS),(10bS)-7-amino-3,4,4a,5,6,10b-hexahydro-2,4-dimethyl-6-oxobenzo[f]quinoline (3).
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