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Stereochemical Investigations Reveal the Mechanism of the Bacterial Activation of n-Alkanes without Oxygen

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Lahme,  S.
Department of Microbiology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Rabus,  R.
Department of Microbiology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Widdel,  F.
Department of Microbiology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Wilkes,  H.
Department of Microbiology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Max Planck Society;

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Jarling, R., Sadeghi, M., Drozdowska, M., Lahme, S., Buckel, W., Rabus, R., et al. (2012). Stereochemical Investigations Reveal the Mechanism of the Bacterial Activation of n-Alkanes without Oxygen. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 51(6), 1334-1338.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-D3A6-5
Abstract
Anaerobic growth of the bacterium strain HxN1 with n‐hexane gives nearly equal amounts of (2R,1′R)‐ and (2S,1′R)‐(1‐methylpentyl)succinate, which are formed by the radical addition of the hydrocarbon to fumarate (see scheme). The highly selective attack on the pro‐S hydrogen atom at C2 of n‐hexane is associated with inversion of the configuration at C2 during binding to fumarate and exhibits isotopic discrimination against a C2H bond.