Deracemisation of aryl substituted β-hydroxy esters by immobilised whole cells of Candida parapsilosis ATCC 7330 gave >99% ee and up to 75% yield of their corresponding (S)-enantiomers. Mechanistic investigation of the deracemisation reaction carried out using a deuterated substrate, ethyl 3-deutero-3-hydroxy-3-phenyl propanoate revealed that while the (S)-enantiomer remains unreacted the (R)-enantiomer undergoes enantioselective oxidation to its corresponding ketoester, which on complementary enantiospecific reduction gives the (S)-enantiomer in high yield and % ee.
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We thank CSIR, New Delhi for the financial support.
- Candida parapsilosis
- β-Hydroxy esters