Amino Acids

, Volume 2, Issue 1–2, pp 87–95 | Cite as

Porcine pancreatic lipase-catalized enantioselective hydrolysis of N-protected amino acid methyl-esters

  • F. M. Bautista
  • J. M. Campelo
  • A. García
  • D. Luna
  • J. M. Marinas


A preparative-scale enantioselective hydrolysis of racemic methyl esters of several N-protected amino acid has been carried out by using crude porcine pancreatic lipase (Triacylglycerol lipase, EC PPL as a hydrolytic enzyme. In all cases 50% of the racemic methyl ester was hydrolysed to the N-protected L-amino acid with high yield and high optical purity.

Hydrolysis rates were very close related not only to the amino acid structure but also to the steric and/or electronic nature of the ester and N-protecting groups. Thus, the very convenient ester methyl group can be enantioselectively hydrolysed with PPL when N-protecting group is a carbonyl derivative, as it is the usual benzoyl group.


Amino acids Porcine pancreatic lipase Asymetric resolution of amino acids PPL-enantioselective methyl ester hydrolysis PPL-resolution of amino acids 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. M. Bautista
    • 1
  • J. M. Campelo
    • 1
  • A. García
    • 1
  • D. Luna
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. M. Marinas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Organic ChemistryCórdoba UniversityCordobaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Química OrgánicaFacultad de Ciencias, Avda. San Alberto MagnoCordobaSpain

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