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Journal of microbiology and biotechnology

Enzymatic synthesis of L-tert-leucine with branched chain aminotransferase.


PMID 22031029

Abstract

In this study, we demonstrated the asymmetric synthesis of L-tert-leucine from trimethylpyruvate using branchedchain aminotransferase (BCAT) from Escherichia coli in the presence of L-glutamate as an amino donor. Since BCAT was severely inhibited by 2-ketoglutarate, in order to overcome this here, we developed a BCAT/aspartate aminotransferase (AspAT) and BCAT/AspAT/pyruvate decarboxylase (PDC) coupling reaction. In the BCAT/ AspAT/PDC coupling reaction, 89.2 mM L-tert-leucine (ee >99%) was asymmetrically synthesized from 100 mM trimethylpyruvate.