Operational control of stereoselectivity during the enzymatic hydrolysis of racemic organophosphorus compounds. Academic Article uri icon


  • The wild-type bacterial phosphotriesterase catalyzes the stereoselective hydrolysis of racemic pairs of organophosphorus compounds. The enzymatic stereoselectivity can be substantially enhanced via systematic alteration of the pKa for the leaving group phenol in the target substrates. These changes alter the rate-limiting step for substrate turnover from a diffusional event to phosphorus-oxygen bond cleavage. Turnover ratios in excess of 5000:1 were achieved using phenols with pKa values greater than 8.5. This method has enabled the isolation of the RP-enantiomer of 4-acetylphenyl methyl phenylphosphonate with an enantiomeric excess of >99% via a kinetic resolution of the racemate.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, Y., Aubert, S. D., & Raushel, F. M.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Li, Yingchun||Aubert, Sarah D||Raushel, Frank M

publication date

  • June 2003