Cobalamin dependent methylation and demethylation by veratrol O-demethylase

Conference Dates

September 15-19, 2019


The formation and breakage of C-O ether bonds are valuable synthetic transformations contributing to the structural diversification of natural products and pharmaceuticals [1-3]. Moreover, O-methylated phenol derivatives are useful building blocks for the manufacture of antioxidants, flavoring agents, fragrances, dyes, agrochemicals and fine chemicals [4,5]. Despite the large variety of chemical reactions for methylation and demethylation, none reaction is reversible and sustainable. They often lack chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity and rely on harsh reaction conditions [6]. Thus, the development of milder alternatives such as biocatalytic methylation and demethylation reactions is of high interest [7].

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