Fmoc-Based Synthesis of Peptide Thioacids for Azide Ligations via 2-Cyanoethyl Thioesters
R. Raz, J. Rademann – 2012
Rapid and efficient preparation of peptide thioacids from 2-cyanoethyl peptide thioesters has been accomplished. S-2-Cyanoethyl peptide thioesters were obtained cleanly without the need for purification from resin-bound tert-butyl peptide thioesters using 3-mercaptopropionitrile as a nucleophile. Elimination of the 2-cyanoethyl group proceeded rapidly (t1/2 < 8 min) under mild conditions and furnished peptide thioacids up to the size of a 16-mer. Peptide thioacids could be isolated or formed in situ and reacted smoothly with electron-deficient azides yielding an amide as the ligation product.