Angewandte Chemie International Edition
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Cover Picture: Biocatalytic Enantioselective Oxidative C-C Coupling by Aerobic C-H Activation (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 5/2011)
Berberine bridge enzyme (BBE) from the California poppy enantioselectively converts benzylisoquinolines into berbines by oxidative C-C coupling that consumes O2 as a stoichiometric oxidant. In their Communication on page 1068 ff., W. Kroutil and co-workers describe the first biocatalytic application of BBE on a preparative scale. Novel optically pure benzylisoquinolines and berbines were prepared by BBE-catalyzed oxidative kinetic resolution of racemic substrates. Cover picture by V. Resch.
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