Enantioselective Benzylic Hydroxylation Catalysed by P450 Monooxygenases: Characterisation of a P450cam Mutant Library and Molecular Modelling

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  • External authors:
  • Anja Eichler
  • Ł, Gricman
  • Susanne Herter
  • Paul Kelly
  • Jurgen Pleiss


Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases can catalyse the stereoselective C−H activation of a very broad range of substrates. Prediction and control of enantioselectivity of this enzyme class is of great interest for the synthesis of high-value chiral molecules. Here we have used a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and experimental screening to study the enantioselectivity of a library of active-site mutants of chimeric P450cam-RhFRed towards the benzylic hydroxylation of structurally related regioisomers of ethylmethylbenzene. Small variations either in substrate structure or in enzyme active site architecture were shown to lead to dramatic changes in enantioselectivity; this was broadly in agreement with computational predictions. In addition to validating computational approaches, these studies have provided us with a deeper understanding of effects that might control stereoselectivity in these biooxidation reactions.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-432
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Early online date2 Mar 2016
StatePublished - 2 Mar 2016