Preprint Short Note Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Bio-Catalytic Synthesis of Quercetin-3-Oleate

Version 1 : Received: 27 June 2018 / Approved: 27 June 2018 / Online: 27 June 2018 (16:01:26 CEST)

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Carullo, G.; Aiello, F. Quercetin-3-oleate. Molbank 2018, 2018, M1006. Carullo, G.; Aiello, F. Quercetin-3-oleate. Molbank 2018, 2018, M1006.


Polyphenols are well-known health promoting agents, but they have some limitations due to their spontaneous oxidation. This evidence has limited their use as drugs in the last years. In this field, several chemical modifications have been proposed to overcome these restrictions; among these, the esterification seems to be the preferred. Ester derivatives could be able to reduce the bioavailability problems connected to polyphenols. On the other hand, the presence of the esterase enzymes in the body guarantees the ester hydrolysis, which in turn frees the two molecules that make it up. Lipase-catalyzed esterifications afforded several derivatives of flavonoids glycosides, in green conditions. In this short note, pancreatic porcine lipase was firstly used as a cheap bio-catalyst, to synthesize oleoyl derivatives of quercetin in aglycone form. Results demonstrated how the enzyme acyl regioselective in position C-3, with high yields and easy purification processes


Pancreatic Porcine Lipase, Regio-selectivity; Quercetin derivatives, Oleic acid, ecofriendly reaction, scalable process.


Chemistry and Materials Science, Organic Chemistry

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