Small molecule diselenide additives for in vitro oxidative protein folding†
The in vitro oxidative folding of disulfide-rich proteins can be challenging. Here we show a new class of small molecule diselenides, which can be easily prepared from inexpensive starting materials, used to enhance oxidative protein folding. These compounds were tested on a model protein, bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor. Two of the tested diselenides showed considerable improvement over glutathione and were on par with the previously described selenoglutathione.