The effect of substrate structure on the chemoselectivity of Candida antarctica lipase B-catalyzed acylation of amino-alcohols

Abstract : The selective acylation of multifunctional compounds exhibiting both alcohol and amino groups gives interesting products with many applications in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, but it is real challenge. The current work describes the different behavior shown by Candida antarctica lipase B (Novozym 435) when catalyzing the O-acylation and N-acylation of bifunctional acyl acceptors. The acylation of three aminoalcohols (alaninol, 4-amino-1-pentanol and 6-amino-1-hexanol) was studied using myristic acid as an acyl donor. To achieve this, a structure-reactivity study was performed in tert-amyl alcohol as a solvent, comparing the three amino-alcohols as acyl acceptors and a series of structurally related amines, namely (R)-sec-butylamine, 1-methoxy-2-propylamine and 1,2- diaminopropane. These substrates were designed to investigate the effect of the group located in β-position of the amino group on the acyl acceptor: the more nucleophilic the group, the more the apparent maximal velocity (V max,app ) of N-acylation increases. Moreover, the crucial role of the carbon chain length between the alcohol and amino groups on the chemoselectivity was also demonstrated. The chemoselectivity for the N-acylation was improved when the carbon chain included two carbons (alaninol) whereas the chemoselectivity for the O- acylation was improved when the carbon chain included four carbons or more (4-amino-1- pentanol and 6-amino-1-hexanol). These results provided new insights for the selective synthesis of amides or esters produced from the acylation of bifunctional substrates.
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Florian Le Joubioux, Yesmine Ben Henda, Nicolas Bridiau, Oussama Achour, Marianne Graber, et al.. The effect of substrate structure on the chemoselectivity of Candida antarctica lipase B-catalyzed acylation of amino-alcohols. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, Elsevier, 2012, 85-86, pp.193-199. ⟨hal-00789681⟩

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