anti-α-Alkyl α-hydroxy β-amino acids
Penicillin G acylase
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
-As part of an ongoing project concerning the synthesis of enantiomerically pure α-hydroxy β-amino acids, we have now developed a general strategy allowing the synthesis of anti-α-alkyl α-hydroxy β-amino acids. Our procedure involves the intermediate formation of trans-oxazolines, which are alkylated at C-5 with good to high diastereoselectivity and then hydrolysed under mildly acidic conditions, affording in quantitative yield the corresponding hydroxy amides. The starting (R)-3-amino-3-phenylpropanoic acid and (S)-3-aminobutanoic acid were obtained in enantiomerically pure form by selective enzymatic hydrolysis of the corresponding phenylacetylamides with penicillin G acylase.
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