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Issue 10, 2013
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A versatile post-polymerization modification method for polyglutamic acid: synthesis of orthogonal reactive polyglutamates and their use in “click chemistry”

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Abstract

In this article we describe a versatile methodology for the synthesis of polyglutamic acid (PGA) derivatives bearing orthogonal reactive sites. The reactive groups enable selective conjugation chemistry by copper catalyzed azide–alkyne coupling (CuAAC). PGA was derived in aqueous media as well as in organic media using 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-4-methyl morpholinium chloride (DMTTM) salts. The spectra of attached chemical moieties ranges from simple PEGylation with 2,5,8,11,14,17,20-heptaoxadocosan-22-amine (mEG(6)NH2) to the incorporation of propargylamine, 11-azido-3,6,9-trioxaundecan-1-amine (NH2-EG(2)N3), and 20-azido-3,6,9,12,15,18-hexaoxaicosan-1-amine (NH2-EG(6)N3). Herein, it is demonstrated that the degree of functionalization can be easily controlled within this one pot reaction. Additionally, we report conditions for the CuAAC with various PGA derivatives, which can be employed for site-specific conjugation of either hydrophilic or hydrophobic compounds.

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Submitted
05 Feb 2013
Accepted
15 Mar 2013
First published
12 Apr 2013

Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2989-2994
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Paper

A versatile post-polymerization modification method for polyglutamic acid: synthesis of orthogonal reactive polyglutamates and their use in “click chemistry”

M. Barz, A. Duro-Castano and M. J. Vicent, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 2989
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00189J

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