Synthetic toolbox: Biocatalysis

Enzymes from a retrosynthetic perspective

Following on from the previous lesson where the different enzyme classes and their mechanisms were discussed, this lesson looks at the use of these enzymes in the synthesis of certain target molecules and functional groups.  The enzymes have been systematically analysed and classified as to which functionalities can be produced from a retrosynthetic perspective.  For some functionalities a number of suitable enzymes are available that are capable of performing the transformation to produce a given functionality, in other cases only a small number of enzymes exist.