Tailored synthesis of cyclic chemical compounds by way of enzymes (News)



IMAGE: Doctoral scholar Nadine Zumbrägel and Professor Dr. Harald Gröger are conducting analysis on natural synthesis utilizing biocatalysts.
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Penicillin-based antibiotics comprise a five-membered hydrocarbon cycle, moreover incorporating a sulfur and a nitrogen atom. Nadine Zumbrägel, doctoral scholar on the Chair of Natural Chemistry I at Bielefeld College, has succeeded in selectively synthesizing this vital substructure with totally different residues on this cycle utilizing a biotechnological methodology. The focused design of such constructions now allows the preparation of substance libraries of such so-called heterocycles, which may in future be utilized by the pharmaceutical business to seek out new energetic substances. Apart from the Bielefeld chemists, two scientists from the Ruhr-College Bochum have been additionally concerned within the research. The researchers current their findings in the present day (16 Might 2018) within the famend journal Nature Communications with Zumbrägel as first creator and Professor Dr. Harald Gröger, head of the Chair of Natural Chemistry I, as corresponding creator.

Not too long ago, within the famend specialist journal “Chemical & Engineering News”, antibiotics have been described as one of many 9 methods chemistry has modified the world. Of explicit significance are penicillins, which in flip comprise a five-membered hydrocarbon cycle with a sulfur and a nitrogen atom moreover integrated therein. The selective manufacturing of this vital substructure, flexibly geared up with totally different substituents on the cycle, in flip represents a substance library for locating new drug constructions. In precept, entry to those cyclic constructions is conceivable from simply accessible substrates, the so-called 3-thiazolines. The cyclic construction is already pre-formed and “solely” one double bond must be transformed right into a single bond by way of a discount.

Though these 3-thiazolines have been recognized for many years and have been first reported within the 1950s, this conversion proved to be synthetically tough. That is outstanding since numerous chemical strategies are usually accessible for the response kind of discount and have already been efficiently used for quite a few synthesis functions. There are a number of the explanation why such “classical chemical” processes proved ineffective within the manufacturing of this compound class of five-membered cycles with integrated sulfur and nitrogen atoms: for example, strongly lowering processes result in undesired ring-opening and in different discount processes with steel catalysts, the sulfur contained within the cycle acts like a catalyst poison. The required selectivity additionally proved to be an insurmountable hurdle: throughout discount, chiral compounds can kind, which behave like picture and mirror picture. For energetic substances it is vital that solely one in every of these varieties, so-called enantiomers, is current. Earlier strategies have been in a position to protect the ring in one of the best case, however resulted in solely extraordinarily low selectivities.

In her doctoral thesis funded by the German Federal Ministry of Training and Analysis (BMBF) as a part of the “Biotechnology 2020+, Subsequent Technology of Biotechnological Processes” funding programme, Nadine Zumbrägel has now succeeded for the primary time in lowering 3-thiazolines with out facet reactions to the specified goal compounds in a extremely selective method, forming just one enantiomer. For this objective, she used representatives of the enzyme class of the so-called imine reductases as biocatalysts. Zumbrägel explains: “The pharmaceutical business is more and more demanding extremely enantioselective synthesis strategies. One risk is the usage of enzymes as appropriate catalysts, that are response accelerating molecules in chemical processes.”

The researchers additionally succeeded in extending the discount methodology to different sulphur-containing heterocycles, thus creating a platform expertise. The applicability of this discount methodology has additionally already been demonstrated by the scientists on an enlarged laboratory scale. “This profitable mixture of biotechnology and heterocyclic chemistry is an additional proof for the potential of enzymes as pure catalysts to be used in getting ready chemical compounds,” says Gröger, who has been conducting analysis on biocatalytic processes for the synthesis of commercial chemical compounds together with his analysis group at Bielefeld College since 2011. In cooperation with Professor Dr. Stefan Huber from the Ruhr-College Bochum, who carried out quantum mechanical calculations, it was additionally potential to rationally reproduce the experimental observations with the help of laptop chemistry. Dr. Christian Merten, likewise from the Ruhr-College Bochum, additionally mixed quantum mechanical calculations with VCD (Vibrational Round Dichroism) measurements, which enabled the willpower of the stereochemical properties of the goal compound.


Authentic publication:
Nadine Zumbrägel, Christian Merten, Stefan M. Huber, Harald Gröger, Enantioselective discount of sulfur-containing cyclic imines by biocatalysis, Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03841-5, revealed on the 16th of Might 2018.

Additional info is accessible on-line at:

Web site Natural Chemistry I, hyperlink: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/chemie/arbeitsbereiche/oc1/HG/

Press launch (8/1/2018) “Enzyme für umweltfreundliche Chemie nutzen” (in German) [“Using en-zymes for green chemistry”], hyperlink: https://ekvv.uni-bielefeld.de/weblog/uniaktuell/entry/enzyme_fpercentC3percentBCr_umweltfreundliche_chemie_nutzen


Professor Dr. Harald Gröger, Bielefeld College

College of Chemistry, Natural Chemistry I

Phone: 0049 521 106-2057, -6920 (secretary’s workplace)

Electronic mail: [email protected]

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