Tuning a modular system – synthesis and characterisation of a boron-rich s-triazine-based carboxylic acid and amine bearing a galactopyranosyl moiety†
Introduction of a bis(isopropylidene)-protected galactopyranosyl moiety in s-triazine-based boron-rich carboxylic acids and amines results in soluble and suitable coupling partners for tumour-selective biomolecules with applications as selective agents for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). Bearing either a carboxylic acid or primary amine as a functional group, these compounds are highly versatile and thus largely extend the possible coupling strategies with suitable biomolecules. Modification of the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) selective agonist [D-Phe6, β-Ala11, Ala13, Nle14]Bn(6–14) with the carboxylic acid derivative yielded a bioconjugate with an optimal receptor activation and internalisation profile. This demonstrates the great potential of this approach for the development of novel boron delivery agents.