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3,4-Dimethoxyphenylacetone was used as starting material in the synthesis of α-methyl-dopa, an important nonproteogenic α-amino acid for pharmaceutical applications. 3,4-Dimethoxyphenylacetone undergoes asymmetric amination catalyzed by Brevibacterium linens IFO 12141 strain to yield corresponding optically active amine
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