A new chemoenzymatic approach to the synthesis of penems

Maria Altamura, Pietro Cesti, Franco Francalanci, Marcello Marchi, Stefano Cambiaghi

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A new synthesis of the valuable penem antibiotics FCE 22101 and FCE 22891 which does not require the use of expensive protecting groups is reported. A mixed carbon-silicon protection of two hydroxy groups was used, followed by a selective enzymatic hydrolysis of the resulting 8-O-protected-2-carboxylic ester (18). Lipase from Chromobacterium viscosum and lipoprotein lipase from Pseudomonas sp. gave excellent results in both free or immobilized form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1225-1229
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 1
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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  • Chemistry(all)


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