The cis-dihydrocatechol, derived from enzymatic cis-dihydroxylation of bromobenzene using the microorganism Pseudomonas putida UV4, was converted into (-)-epibatidine in eleven steps with complete stereocontrol. In addition, an unprecedented palladium-catalysed disproportionation reaction gave the (+)-enantiomer of an advanced key intermediate employed in a previous synthesis of epibatidine.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry