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Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Methylenedianilines via Enzyme-Catalyzed Remote Halogenation

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posted on 02.01.2018, 00:00 by James T. Payne, Paul H. Butkovich, Yifan Gu, Kyle N. Kunze, Hyun June Park, Duo-Sheng Wang, Jared C. Lewis
Extensive effort has been devoted to engineering flavin-dependent halogenases (FDHs) with improved stability, expanded substrate scope, and altered regioselectivity. Here, we show that variants of rebeccamycin halogenase (RebH) catalyze enantioselective desymmetrization of methylenedianilines via halogenation of these substrates distal to their pro-stereogenic center. Structure-guided engineering was used to increase the conversion and selectivity of these reactions, and the synthetic utility of the halogenated products was shown via conversion of to a chiral α-substituted indole. These results constitute the first reported examples of asymmetric catalysis by FDHs.