- The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
- Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin (ISSN:00092363)
- vol.70, no.5, pp.316-323, 2022-05-01 (Released:2022-05-01)
The growing interest in artificial proteins modified by synthetic functional units has fueled the demand for their facile preparation. Native chemical ligation (NCL) enables the chemoselective condensation of peptide thioesters with a cysteine-installed synthetic partner and has enjoyed great success in the production of artificial proteins with up to 100–150 residues. A practical method for converting expressed proteins to the corresponding thioesters should lead to significant progress in the NCL-mediated technology. This account describes our recent contributions to the conversion of naturally occurring peptides to the corresponding thioesters by chemical or chemoenzymatic protocols aiming at their future prevalent use in the preparation of sophisticated protein biologics.