Water-driven chemoselective reaction of squarate derivatives with amino acids and peptides.

Abstract

Here, we report a new class of highly chemoselective reactions between squarate derivatives and the amino acid cysteine or unprotected peptides with a N-terminus cysteine that proceed most efficiently in entirely aqueous solution at neutral pH. Kinetic and structural studies reveal that the presence of hydrogen bonding in water is primarily responsible for both the high yield and fast rate of the reaction.

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@article{Sejwal2007WaterdrivenCR, title={Water-driven chemoselective reaction of squarate derivatives with amino acids and peptides.}, author={Preeti Sejwal and Yongbin Han and Akshay Shah and Y Luk}, journal={Organic letters}, year={2007}, volume={9 23}, pages={4897-900} }