Kokas, Okanya; Banwell, Martin; Willis, Anthony
The synthesis of (+)-nangustine [(+)-2] has been achieved, for the first time, using the enantiomerically pure cis-1,2-dihydrocatechol 3 as starting material. The latter compound is available, in multi-gram quantities, through a whole-cell-mediated biotransformation of chlorobenzene using genetically engineered organisms that over-express the responsible enzyme, namely toluene dioxygenase. Since the enantiomer of compound 3 is available by related means, the present work also represents a...[Show more]
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