Biocatalytic and Chemo-Enzymatic Synthesis of Quinolines and 2-Quinolones by Monoamine Oxidase (MAO-N) and Horseradish Peroxidase (HRP) Biocatalysts

Haoyue Xiang, Salvatore Ferla, Carmine Varricchio, Andrea Brancale, Nicola L. Brown, Gary W. Black, Nicholas J. Turner, Daniele Castagnolo

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The oxidative aromatization of aliphatic N-heterocycles is a fundamental organic transformation for the preparation of a diverse array of heteroaromatic compounds. Despite many attempts to improve the efficiency and practicality of this transformation, most synthetic methodologies still require toxic and expensive reagents as well as harsh conditions. Herein, we describe two enzymatic strategies for the oxidation of 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroquinolines (THQs) and N-cyclopropyl-N-alkylanilines into quinolines and 2-quinolones, respectively. Whole cells and purified monoamine oxidase (MAO-N) enzymes were used to effectively catalyze the biotransformation of THQs into the corresponding aromatic quinoline derivatives, while N-cyclopropyl-N-alkylanilines were converted into 2-quinolone compounds through a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-catalyzed annulation/aromatization reaction followed by Fe-mediated oxidation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3370-3378
Number of pages9
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number5
Early online date22 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2023

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