at Peking University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
​​​​the dong research group
14. Facile Generation of Strained Peptidyl Thiolactones from Hydrazides and Its Application in Assembling MUC-1 VNTR Oligomers
Chin. J. Chem., 39: 2509-2516
Yuankun Dao,Biao Wang,Weidong Dong,Jun Zhang,Chao Zhong,Zhili Zhang,Suwei Dong*

An efficient method for the activation of C-terminal 4-mecaptoproline- or penicillamine-containing peptide hydrazides in ligation reactions is reported herein. The corresponding peptide hydrazides can be readily prepared using solid-phase peptide synthesis, and subsequently activated by acetylacetone (acac) without exogenous thiol additives. Strained peptidyl thiolactones could be the possible reactive intermediates that drastically accelerate the reaction rates at the sterically demanding proline and valine sites. This developed protocol allows for sequential peptide ligations in a one-pot manner, and expedites the assembly of mucin 1 (MUC-1) variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) trimers in various glycosylated forms.