Chemoenzymatic synthesis in flow reactors: a rapid and convenient preparation of captopril

    Dr. Valerio De Vitis1, Dr. Federica Dall'Oglio1, Dr. Andrea Pinto2, Prof. Carlo De Micheli2, Prof. Francesco Molinari1, Prof. Paola Conti2, Dr. Diego Romano1, Dr. Lucia Tamborini2

    • 1 Department of Food Environmental and Nutritional Science, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
    • 2 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    The chemoenzymatic flow synthesis of enantiomerically pure captopril, a widely used antihypertensive drug, is accomplished starting from simple, inexpensive, and readily available reagents. The first step is a heterogeneous biocatalyzed regio- and stereoselective oxidation of cheap prochiral 2-methyl-1,3-propandiol, performed in flow using immobilized whole cells of Acetobacter aceti MIM 2000/28, thus avoiding the use of aggressive and environmentally harmful chemical oxidants. The isolation of the highly hydrophilic intermediate (R)-3-hydroxy-2-methylpropanoic acid is achieved in-line by using a catch-and-release strategy. Then, three sequential high-throughput chemical steps lead to the isolation of captopril in only 75 min. In-line quenching and liquid–liquid separation enable breaks in the workflow and other manipulations to be avoided.

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