Synthesis and characterization of an unnatural boron and nitrogen-containing tryptophan analogue and its incorporation into proteins†
A boron and nitrogen containing unnatural analogue of tryptophan is synthesized through the functionalization of BN-indole. The spectroscopic properties of BN-tryptophan are reported with respect to the natural tryptophan, and the incorporation of BN-tryptophan into proteins expressed in E. coli using selective pressure incorporation is described. This work shows that a cellular system can recognize the unnatural, BN-containing tryptophan. More importantly, it presents the first example of an azaborine containing amino acid being incorporated into proteins.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 2019 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection