The quest for new mild and selective modifications of natural structures: laccase-catalysed oxidation of ergot alkaloids leads to unexpected stereoselective C-4 hydroxylation.

Summary of "The quest for new mild and selective modifications of natural structures: laccase-catalysed oxidation of ergot alkaloids leads to unexpected stereoselective C-4 hydroxylation."

Laccase-catalysed oxidation of ergot alkaloids in the absence of chemical mediators allowed the unexpected isolation of the mono-hydroxylated derivatives of compounds 2-7. Structure determination by NMR techniques clearly indicated that hydroxylation took place at the C-4 benzylic position. Quite notably, the proposed protocol allowed, for the first time, functionalisation at the C-4 position of the ergoline skeleton. Depending on the absence or on the presence of a C-10 α-methoxy substituent, hydroxylation was either stereoselective (furnishing C-4α OH derivatives) or gave rise to a C-4α/C-4β OH mixture in a 2:1 ratio, respectively.


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Name: Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)
ISSN: 1521-3765
Pages: 10355-61


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