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P−B Desulfurization: An Enabling Method for Protein Chemical Synthesis and Site-Specific Deuteration

P−B Desulfurization: An Enabling Method for Protein Chemical Synthesis and Site-Specific Deuteration
Han Liu, Xuechen Li, Tianlu Li, Kang Jin, Hoi Yee Chow
Cysteine-mediated native chemical ligation is a powerful method for protein chemical synthesis. Herein, we report an unprecedentedly mild system (TCEP/NaBH4 or TCEP/LiBEt3H; TCEP=tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine) for chemoselective peptide desulfurization to achieve effective protein synthesis via the native chemical ligation–desulfurization approach. This method, termed P−B desulfurization, features usage of common reagents, simplicity of operation, robustness, high yields, clean conversion, and versatile functionality compatibility with complex peptides/proteins. In addition, this method can be used for incorporating deuterium into the peptides after cysteine desulfurization by running the reaction in D2O buffer. Moreover, this method enables the clean desulfurization of peptides carrying post-translational modifications, such as phosphorylation and crotonylation. The effectiveness of this method has been demonstrated by the synthesis of the cyclic peptides dichotomin C and E and synthetic proteins, including ubiquitin, γ-synuclein, and histone H2A. An unprecedentedly mild system (TCEP/NaBH4 or TCEP/LiBEt3H; TCEP=tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine) for chemoselective peptide desulfurization for effective protein synthesis via the native chemical ligation–desulfurization approach has been developed. This method can be used for incorporating deuterium into the peptides after cysteine desulfurization by running the reaction in D2O buffer.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201709097

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