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An efficient methodology to introduce o-(aminomethyl)phenyl-boronic acids into peptides: alkylation of secondary amines

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Abstract

Current approaches for incorporating boronic acids into peptides require one of the following: the synthesis of commercially unavailable pinacol-protected boronate ester amino acid building blocks, amidation of small-molecule amine-containing boronic acids, or reductive amination of amine residues with 2-formylphenyl boronic acid. These methods have drawbacks, such as the use of excess starting materials, the lack of reactive-site specificity, or the inability to add multiple boronic acids in solution. In addition, several of these approaches do not allow for incorporation of the critical o-aminomethyl functionality that allows for binding of saccharides under physiological conditions. In this work, we report three methods to functionalize synthetic peptides with boronic acids using solid-phase and solution-phase chemistries by alkylating a secondary amine with o-(bromomethyl)phenylboronic acid. Solution-phase chemistries afforded the highest yields, and were used to synthesize seven complex biotinylated multi-boronic acid peptides.

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2016, accepted on 16 Nov 2016 and first published on 17 Nov 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6NJ02862D
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 126-133
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    An efficient methodology to introduce o-(aminomethyl)phenyl-boronic acids into peptides: alkylation of secondary amines

    E. T. Hernandez, I. V. Kolesnichenko, J. F. Reuther and E. V. Anslyn, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 126
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NJ02862D

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