Stapling mimics noncovalent interactions of γ-carboxyglutamates in conantokins, peptidic antagonists of N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptors.

Conantokins are short peptides derived from the venoms of marine cone snails that act as antagonists of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor family of excitatory glutamate receptors. These peptides contain γ-carboxyglutamic acid residues typically spaced at i,i+4 and/or i,i+7 intervals, which by chelating divalent cations induce and stabilize helical… CONTINUE READING