Catalysis Letters

, Volume 144, Issue 12, pp 2176–2183 | Cite as

Bioproduction of (2R,3R)-3-Phenylglycidiol: A Key Chiral Synthon for Drugs Bearing 3-Phenylpropane Using a Newly-Isolated Strain of Aspergillus fumigatus ZJUTZQ160

  • Ling Zhang
  • Hong-Lei Shen
  • Chun Wei
  • Yun-Yun Chen
  • Qing ZhuEmail author


We report a novel and effective biosynthesis of (2R,3R)-3-phenylglycidiol using Aspergillus fumigatus ZJUTZQ160. After optimization of the biotransformation conditions, (2R,3R)-PG was obtained with good enantioselectivity (e.e. s  > 99.9 %, E > 58.6). Gram-scale preparation of (2R,3R)- 3-phenylglycidiol was successfully performed within 16 h (yield = 35.6 %, e.e.s > 99.9 %), indicating that A. fumigatus ZJUTZQ160 is a valuable biocatalyst for the efficient preparation of optically active epoxides. The conversion of (2R,3R)- 3-phenylglycidiol to optically pure (2S,3S)-3-azido-3-phenyl-propane-1,2-diol was also successfully achieved with excellent yield (92 %) and e.e. s (>94 %) after the nucleophilic substitution reaction with sodium azide.

Graphical Abstract


Chiral epoxides Epoxide hydrolase Epoxy cinnamyl alcohol Aspergillus fumigates Enantioselectivity 



This work was supported by National Science Foundation of China (No. 21272212) and Zhejiang Natural Science Fund (No. LY12B02018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ling Zhang
    • 1
  • Hong-Lei Shen
    • 1
  • Chun Wei
    • 1
  • Yun-Yun Chen
    • 1
  • Qing Zhu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of BioengineeringZhejiang University of TechnologyHangzhouChina

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