Flavin has long been known to function as a single electron reductant in biological settings, but this reactivity has rarely been observed with flavoproteins used in organic synthesis. Here we describe the discovery of an enantioselective radical dehalogenation pathway for α-bromoesters using flavin-dependent 'ene'-reductases. Mechanistic experiments support the role of flavin hydroquinone as a single electron reductant, flavin semiquinone as the hydrogen atom source, and the enzyme as the source of chirality.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry