A Rapid Selection Procedure for Simple Commercial Implementation of omega-Transaminase Reactions

Maria Gundersen Deslauriers, Pär Tufvesson, Emma J. Rackham, Richard C. Lloyd, John Woodley

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A stepwise selection procedure is presented to quickly evaluate whether a given omega-transaminase reaction is suitable for a so-called "simple" scale-up for fast industrial implementation. Here "simple" is defined as a system without the need for extensive process development or specialized equipment. The procedure may be used when investment in intensive process development cannot be justified or when rapid execution is paramount, for applications such as small singular batches. The three step evaluation procedure consists of: (1) thermodynamic assessment, (2) biocatalyst activity screening, and (3) determination of product inhibition. The method is exemplified with experimental work focused on two products: 1-(4-bromophenyl)ethylamine and (S)-(+)3-amino-1-Boc-piperidine, synthesized from their corresponding pro-chiral ketones each with two alternative amine donors, propan-2-amine, and 1-phenylethylamine. Each step of the method has a threshold value, which must be surpassed to allow "simple" implementation, helping select suitable combinations of substrates, enzymes, and donors. One reaction pair, 1-Boc-3-piperidone with propan-2-amine, met the criteria of the three-step selection procedure and was subsequently run at 25 mL scale synthesizing (S)-(+)-3-amino-1-Boc-piperidine at concentrations up to 75 g/L. However, the highest product yield (70%) was obtained at a lower substrate concentration of 50 g/L.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic Process Research and Development
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)602-608
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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