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Title: Myoglobin‐Catalyzed C−H Functionalization of Unprotected Indoles
Abstract

Functionalized indoles are recurrent motifs in bioactive natural products and pharmaceuticals. While transition metal‐catalyzed carbene transfer has provided an attractive route to afford C3‐functionalized indoles, these protocols are viable only in the presence of N‐protected indoles, owing to competition from the more facile N−H insertion reaction. Herein, a biocatalytic strategy for enabling the direct C−H functionalization of unprotected indoles is reported. Engineered variants of myoglobin provide efficient biocatalysts for this reaction, which has no precedents in the biological world, enabling the transformation of a broad range of indoles in the presence of ethyl α‐diazoacetate to give the corresponding C3‐functionalized derivatives in high conversion yields and excellent chemoselectivity. This strategy could be exploited to develop a concise chemoenzymatic route to afford the nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drug indomethacin.

 
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NSF-PAR ID:
10063249
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume:
57
Issue:
31
ISSN:
1433-7851
Page Range / eLocation ID:
p. 9911-9915
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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