Choroselective enzymatic polymerization for synthesis of natural polysaccharides

Shiro Kobayashi, Shin Ichiro Shoda, Xin Wen, Etsuya Okamoto, Toshitsugu Kiyosada

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By employing an enzymatic polymerization of activated glycosyl monomers like glycosyl fiuorides and a sugar oxazoline derivative, natural polysaccharides like cellulose, xylan, and chitin, have successfully been synthesized. Regio and stereochemistry of these reactions was perfectly controlled by the action of enzyme catalysts. Further study on the synthetic cellulose formation brought about a new concept "choroselectivity" concerning a spacial (three dimensional) direction control in ordering of macromolecular chains during the polymerization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2135-2142
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Macromolecular Science - Pure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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