Bioinspired chemical inversion of L-amino acids to D-amino acids

Hyunjung Park, Mook Kim Kwan, Areum Lee, Sihyun Ham, Wonwoo Nam, Jik Chin

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An organic receptor (1) that binds a wide variety of amino acids with the same sense of stereoselectivity (d/l ratio of about 10) has been developed. This receptor binds amino acids by formation of imines with internal resonance-assisted hydrogen bonds much as in imines formed between pyridoxal and amino acids. The internal resonance-assisted hydrogen bond is used to activate the bound amino acids and convert l-amino acids to d-amino acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1518-1519
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Feb 2007


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