Vinblastine synthesis

Chemistry: molecular biology and microbiology – Micro-organism – tissue cell culture or enzyme using process... – Preparing heterocyclic carbon compound having only o – n – s,...


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435190, 435192, C12P 1718, C12N 904, C12N 908




The reaction of 3',4'-anhydrovinblastine with a Catharanthus roseus-derived protein fraction to form vinblastine is improved by conducting the reaction in the presence of a reducing agent such as the enzyme cofactor NADH. A cationic species such as manganous ion may also be added to the reaction. Vinblastine yields are enhanced.

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