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(11)    Patent No :    AP 2301    (73) Applicant(s)       
(21)    Application No :    AP/P/2006/003764    PFIZER PRODUCTS INC., Eastern Point Road, Groton,       
            Connecticut 06340,       
                   
(22)    Filing Date :    01.04.2005    United States of America       
(24)    Date of Grant &    30.09.2011           
                   
(45)    Publication :

(30)  Priority Data    (72) Inventors

    (33) Country    (31) Number    (32) Date    BURNS Michael P, United States of America   
    US            60/562,133    14.04.2004    WEAVER Justin Kaine, United States of America   
                           
                        WONG John Wing, United States of America   
                        et al       
                        (74) Representative   
(84)    Designated State           
                   
    GM    GH    KE    LS   MW  MZ    SL   SD   SZ    GALLOWAY & COMPANY   
    T Z    UG    ZW            ZIMBABWE       
                               
(51)    International    Classification    C12P7/40 (2006.01)    C12P13/00 (2006.01)   
                    C12P41/00 (2006.01)       


(54)    Title

Stereoselective bioconversion of aliphatic dinitriles into cyano carboxylic acids

(57)    Abstract

The present invention is directed to a regio-and stereoselective bioconversion of selected aliphatic dinitriles into corresponding cyanocarboxylic acids. More particularly, the present invention provides methods for the conversion of

2-isobuly succinonitrile into (S) -3 cyano-5-methylhexanoic .acid, which is a useful intermediate in the synthesis of (S)-3(aminomethyl)-5- methylhexanoic acid (pregabalin). Pregabalin can be used for treating certain cerebral diseases, for example, in the treatment and prevention of seizure disorders, pain, and psychotic disorders.

(56)    Documents Cited :    Gavan et al..., J. Org. Chem.,   US 6 046 353   WO 02095045   US 5 593 871

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