Dioxygenase-catalysed mono-, di- and tri-oxygenation of dialkyl sulfides and thioacetals: chemoenzymatic synthesis of enantiopure cis-diol sulfoxides

Derek Boyd, Narain Sharma, S.A. Haughey, John Malone, A.W.T. King, B.T. McMurray, A. Alves-Areias, Christopher Allen, R. Holt, H. Dalton

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Toluene dioxygenase (TDO)-catalysed monooxygenation of methylsulfanylmethyl phenyl sulfide 1 and methylsulfanylmethyl 2-pyridyl sulfide 4, using whole cells of Pseudomonas putida UV4, occurred exclusively at the alkyl aryl sulfur centre to yield the alkyl aryl sulfoxides 2 and 5 respectively. These sulfoxides, accompanied by the dialkyl sulfoxides 3 and 6, were also obtained from naphthalene dioxygenase (NDO)-catalysed sulfoxidation of thioacetals 1 and 4 using intact cells of P. putida NCIMB 8859. Enzymatic oxidation of methyl benzyl sulfide 7, 2-phenyl-1,3-dithiane 19, and 2-phenyl-1,3-dithiolane 23, using TDO, gave the corresponding dialkyl sulfoxides 8, 20 and 24 as minor bioproducts. TDO-catalysed dioxygenation of the alkyl benzyl sulfides 7, 15 and 17 and the thioacetals 19 and 23, with P. putida UV4, yielded the corresponding enantiopure cis-dihydrodiols 9, 16, 18, 21 and 25 as major metabolites and cis-dihydrodiol sulfoxides 14, 22 and 26 as minor metabolites, resulting from a tandem trioxygenation of substrates 7, 19 and 23 respectively. Chemical oxidation, of the enantiopure cis-dihydrodiol sulfides 9, 16, 18 and 21 with dimethyldioxirane (DMD), gave separable mixtures of the corresponding pairs of cis-dihydrodiol sulfoxide diastereoisomers 14 and 27, 28 and 29, 30 and 31, 22 and 32. While dialkyl sulfoxide bioproducts 3, 6, 20 and 24 were of variable enantiopurity (27-greater than or equal to 98% ee), alkyl aryl monosulfoxides 2 and 5, cis-dihydrodiols 9, 16, 18, 21 and 25 and cis-dihydrodiol sulfoxide bioproducts 14, 22 and 26 were all single enantiomers (greater than or equal to 98% ee). The absolute configurations of the products, obtained from enzyme-catalysed (TDO and NDO) and chemical (DMD) oxidation methods, were determined by stereochemical correlation, circular dichroism, and X-ray crystallographic methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3288-3296
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society - Perkin Transactions 1
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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