Native chemical ligation between asparagine and valine: Application and limitations for the synthesis of tri-phosphorylated C-terminal tau
O. Reimann, M. Glanz, C.P.R. Hackenberger – 2015
We present the successful native chemical ligation (NCL) at an Asn-Val site employing β-mercaptovaline and subsequent desulfurization in the synthesis of native phosphorylated C-terminal tau, relevant for Alzheimer’s disease related research. Despite recent progress in the field of NCL we illustrate limitations of this ligation site that stem from thioester hydrolysis and predominantly aspartimide formation. We systematically investigated the influence of pH, temperature, peptide concentration and thiol additives on the outcome of this ligation and identified conditions under which the ligation can be driven toward complete conversion, which required the deployment of a high surplus of thioester. Application of the optimized conditions allowed us to gain access to challenging tri-phosphorylated C-terminal tau peptide in practical yields.