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    ABSTRACT: An attractive method for producing cis-1,2-dihydroxy-3-methylcyclohexa-3,5-diene (toluene cis glycol) was developed employing a cis dihydrodiol dehydrogenase "deficient" strain of Rhodococcus (MA 7249). The toluene cis glycol produced was found to have optical rotations of [alpha]D25 = +25.8 (c 0.45, CH3OH) and +72.8 (c 0.42, CHCl3) which indicated an absolute configuration of (1S,2R) when compared with previously published values. When cultivated in laboratory fermentor in the presence of toluene vapors, MA 7249 reached a toluene cis glycol concentration up to 18 g/l in 110 h. Culture MA 7249 also accumulated cis (1S,2R) dihydrodiols from dihydronaphthalene, biphenyl, chlorobenzene, and styrene.
    Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering 02/2000; 90(3):321-7. · 1.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Indene is oxidized to mixtures of cis- and trans-indandiols and related metabolites by Pseudomonas putida and Rhodococcus sp. isolates. Indene metabolism is consistent with monooxygenase and dioxygenase activity. P. putida resolves enantiomeric mixtures of cis-1,2-indandiol by further selective oxidation of the 1R, 2S-enantiomer yielding high enantiomeric purity of cis-(1S, 2R)-indandiol, a potential intermediate in the synthesis of indinavir sulfate (CRIXIVAN), a protease inhibitor used in the treatment of AIDS. Molecular cloning of P. putida toluene dioxygenase in Escherichia coli confirmed the requirement for the dihydrodiol dehydrogenase in resolving racemic mixtures of cis-indandiol. Rhodococcus sp. isolates convert indene to cis-(1S, 2R)-indandiol at high initial enantiomeric excess and one isolate also produces trans-(1R, 2R)-indandiol, suggesting the presence of monooxygenase activity. Scale up and optimization of the bioconversions to these key synthons for chiral synthesis of potential intermediates for commercial manufacture of indinavir sulfate are described.
    Metabolic Engineering 02/1999; 1(1):63-74. · 6.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A reliable and scalable fermentation process was developed for production of the acetylcholine esterase inhibitor physostigmine employingStreptomyces griseofuscus NRRL 5324. Initial fermentation in small-scale bioreactors reached physostigmine levels of approximately 60 mg L–1 after 139 h. Optimization of both process operating parameters and production medium composition rapidly yielded a seven-fold increase in physostigmine titer. The scaled up process routinely produced physostigmine titers of approximately 400 mg L–1 during a fermentation cycle of 180 h, and supported the rapid production of large amounts of physostigmine. A physostigmine production of 500 mg L–1 representing an eight-fold improvement over the original performance, was achieved using a glucose/ammonium fed-batch process.
    Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 01/1995; 15(5):414-417. · 2.32 Impact Factor