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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Enzymatic polymerization of coniferyl alcohol in the presence of cyclodextrins.

The dehydrogenative polymerization of coniferyl alcohol by horseradish peroxidase was performed in 0.10 M phosphate buffer at 27 degrees C. Dehydrogenative polymer (DHP) from coniferyl alcohol was characterized by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The ratio of 8-O-4':8-5':8-8' linkages was determined by the 1H NMR spectrum of DHP acetate which had good solubility. In "end-wise like" polymerization (the slow addition of hydrogen peroxide), addition of alpha-cyclodextrin to the medium led to DHP with increased 8-O-4' content and a decrease in 8-5' linkages. Under higher pH conditions, DHP with higher 8-O-4' and 8-5' content was obtained in the presence of alpha-cyclodextrin. In the end-wise polymerization (the slow additions of coniferyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide), using alpha-cyclodextrin also gave DHP with a 8-O-4' richer structure than that prepared in no additive system. The analysis of thioacidolysis products from DHP supported the results of the alpha-cyclodextrin effects on the 8-O-4'-rich structure of DHP. The 8-O-4' structure in DHP prepared in the presence of alpha-cyclodextrin had racemic form as shown by ozonation.[1]


  1. Enzymatic polymerization of coniferyl alcohol in the presence of cyclodextrins. Nakamura, R., Matsushita, Y., Umemoto, K., Usuki, A., Fukushima, K. Biomacromolecules (2006) [Pubmed]
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