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A controlled and versatile NCA polymerization method for the synthesis of polypeptides

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Abstract

A versatile and simple methodology for the preparation of well-defined polyglutamate nanocarriers is described. For the first time ammonium salts with non-nucleophilic tetrafluoroborate anions are used as initiators for the ring opening polymerization of α-N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs) allowing a multigram scale polyglutamate synthesis with defined molecular weight (up to 800 units), low polydispersity (<1.2), controlled chain end functionality and adequate stereoselectivity and absence of any trace of toxic impurity to allow biomedical applications.

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Submitted
14 Mar 2013
Accepted
06 Apr 2013
First published
08 Apr 2013

Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 3182-3186
Article type
Communication

A controlled and versatile NCA polymerization method for the synthesis of polypeptides

I. Conejos-Sánchez, A. Duro-Castano, A. Birke, M. Barz and M. J. Vicent, Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 3182
DOI: 10.1039/C3PY00347G

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