Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Rob flowed the reaction medium through the device, and took a measurement of the amount of ammonia (using our colorimetric nitrilase assay) available after each cycle. Each cycle took about 20 minutes. It has not reached completion but seems to be a fairly robust system as far as it goes.
Friday, 5 August 2016
Shanshan Yua, Peiyuan Yao, Jianjiong Li, Jie Ren, Jing Yuan, Jinhui Feng, Min Wang, Qiaqing Wu, Dunming Zhu,
Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, Volume 129, July 2016, Pages 37-42
A stereoselective bioreduction of 2-oxocycloalkanecarbonitriles was concurrently coupled to a whole cell-catalyzed nitrile hydrolysis in one-pot. The first step, mediated by ketoreductases, involved a dynamic reductive kinetic resolution, which led to 2-hydroxycycloalkanenitriles in very high enantio- and diastereomeric ratios. Then, the simultaneous exposure to nitrile hydratase and amidase from whole cells of Rhodococcus rhodochrous provided the corresponding 2-hydroxycycloalkanecarboxylic acids with excellent overall yield and optical purity for the all-enzymatic cascade.