Improving the Toolbox of Bioreductions by the Use of Continuous Flow Systems

Packed bed reactors can be used as an interesting alternative on the bioreduction of β-ketoesteres mediated by immobilized microorganisms. Here in, we report our results on the bioreduction of ethyl 3-oxohexanoate by immobilized Kluyveromyces marxianus cells and tert-butyl 3-oxobutanoate by immobilized Rhodotorula rubra cells under continuous flow conditions leading the desired β-hydroxy esters corresponding in high yields and enantiomeric excess.