Unveiling the Biocatalytic Aromatizing Activity of Monoamine Oxidases MAO-N and 6-HDNO: Development of Chemoenzymatic Cascades for the Synthesis of Pyrroles

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  • External authors:
  • Nicoló Scalacci
  • Gary W. Black
  • Giulio Mattedi
  • Nicola L. Brown
  • Daniele Castagnolo


A chemoenzymatic cascade process for the sustainable production of pyrroles has been developed. Pyrroles were synthesized by exploiting the previously unexplored aromatizing activity of monoamine oxidase enzymes (MAO-N and 6-HDNO). MAO-N/6-HDNO whole cell biocatalysts are able to convert 3-pyrrolines into pyrroles under mild conditions and in high yields. Moreover, MAO-N can work in combination with the ruthenium Grubbs catalyst, leading to the synthesis of pyrroles from diallylamines/-anilines in a one-pot cascade metathesis-aromatization sequence.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1295-1300
Number of pages6
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number2
Early online date27 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2017