Inactivation of myostatin by photo-oxygenation using catalyst-functionalized peptides†
Inhibition of myostatin is an attractive treatment for muscular dystrophy and other amyotrophic diseases. A myostatin-binding peptide was functionalized by equipped with an on/off switchable photo-oxygenation catalyst. This peptide induces a selective oxygenation of myostatin under near-infrared light, resulting in inactivation of myostatin. This peptide shows several orders of magnitude greater inhibitory effect than the original peptide.